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More people 50 and older seeking divorce

People in New Hampshire who seek to end their marriages do so for a variety of different reasons. Regardless of the reason, the reality is that the decision to divorce is often the best one for those involved. Information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that more people ages 50 and older are seeking to end their marriage than they were approximately 25 years ago.

According to reports, in 1990 there were approximately five out of every 1,000 couples in this age group who sought to divorce. In comparison, 10 out of every 1,000 couples sought a divorce in 2015. For couples ages 65 and older, the increase has been even more significant; six out of every 1,000 married people divorced in 2015.

When younger, this group, known as baby boomers, experienced instability in their marriages resulting in high numbers of divorce. Some researchers speculate that the recent rises in divorces for those over the age of 50 -- known as "gray divorces" -- are primarily the result of couples who have remarried. Second and subsequent marriages tend to have a higher rate of divorce than first ones. Despite the rate being lower for couples ages 50 and over who have been married for over 30 years, there are those who do seek divorce.

Family relationships are complicated. Regardless of the person's age, it often becomes untenable to continue in a relationship with a person with whom there is no longer any compatability. To help protect their interests, people seeking a divorce in New Hampshire ask for advice from professionals knowledgeable in matters of family law and dedicated to representing their best interests.

Source:, "Led by Baby Boomers, divorce rates climb for America's 50+ population", Renee Stepler, March 9, 2017

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