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What is gray divorce?

Have you heard other people in Illinois talk about something called gray divorce? Do you know exactly what this is and why it has become a more common term that it used to be? Simply put, a gray divorce is when a couple in which the spouses are at least 50 years old chooses to end their marriage. Many of the people in this situation have been married since they were in their 20s or 30s while others might be in a second or thid marriage that did not even begin until their 40s, 50s or later. Either way, there may be specific issues to face when getting divorced at a later stage in life.

Next Avenue suggests that gray divorce is much more common today than it once was. Research from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research indicates that in the two decades spanning 1990 and 2010, people 50 and older came to be more than twice as likely to get divorced than they had been before. Also, by the year 2010 it is estimated that nearly 25 percent of all divorces that happened involved people in this age group.

Regardless of the length of time that a couple has been married, communication challenges and financial management differences may be two of the factors that contribute to this trend. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Illinois residents an idea of some of the factors that might contribute to a divorce later in life, even after a couple has been together for several decades.

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