Why is grey divorce more common these days?

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2020 | Divorce

Retired couples in Massachusetts like you may realize that now is the time to get a divorce. The realization might be sudden or you may have been turning it over in your heads for quite some time.

Whatever the case, you are not alone. In fact, more retired couples are getting divorces in their golden years now than ever before. But is there any particular reason for that, or is it a trend of happenstance?

Finding a new lease on life in retirement years

Forbes takes a look at grey divorce in the modern day and why it has increased in frequency. Experts attribute the increase to several different potential causes, like increased lifespans. You will almost certainly live longer than your grandparents or great-grandparents. Because of this, being in your retirement age does not mean your life is over. You have plenty of time to get out and find love again if you have lost the spark.

Realizing your marriage is not what it once was

And your retirement years is often the time when you realize that spark is gone. You spend the majority of your adult life in a busy state. You focus on your career, on your schooling and on starting and raising a family. By the time you retire and your children leave, you may not even recognize your spouse anymore. Sometimes, becoming reacquainted with them works and you can rekindle your marriage. Other times, it does not.

Also, by the time you hit your golden years, any problems you did not address earlier in the marriage have had lots of time to fester. A top offender is financial issues. Maybe one of you has spending management issues. Maybe you both fall in and out of debt often. The stress builds up over time and makes staying together difficult.