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Who’s driving up the divorce rate?

Although filing for divorce in Michigan is a personal decision, you are far from alone by choosing this path. However, you may have read conflicting reports about the divorce rate because many researchers over the years have seemed to disagree over whether marriages have become more stable. Now, a new study claims that the number may be going up, and according to Bloomberg News, one researcher lays the blame for the increase on gray divorces.

The study analyzed data over the 22-year period between 1990 and 2012, and discovered that for seniors in the 65 and up age group, divorce rates have increased threefold, versus the doubled rate for those who are between the ages of 55 and 64. This information may not be exclusive to the baby boomers, though.

Trends indicate that the median length of a first marriage is 12 years, but that people are waiting longer to get married. If you take these factors into account, it may make sense to conclude that children of the baby boomers will be matching their parents’ divorce rates in the future. However, data indicates that subsequent marriages may be less stable, too, contributing to the rise. Still, researchers point out that changing influences make it difficult or impossible to accurately predict the future success of the unions.

Whether the numbers continue to hover around the 50 percent mark or not, analysts indicate that social acceptance of divorce is likely to continue across age groups. So, this factor may lessen some of the stress you may experience as you go through the emotional process of ending your marital relationship. 

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