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the gray divorce rate.

Perhaps the ideal approach is to address problems as they arise in a marriage and not wait until one is 65 or 70. However, if life is miserable and there is an opportunity for positive change taking that big step is understandable.

Women no long feel trapped in a bad marriage. They can now support themselves and are more economically independent than previous generations. A 2004 AARP survey found that over two thirds of gray divorces are initiated by women.

There are risks, benefits and consequences to late life divorce. A risk is economically recovering at an advanced age. A benefit is living the life you want to live. And a consequence Lv Montaigne is the lack of a partner when a person health deteriorates.

Divorce in later life is not only an issue for humans. A mated pair of giant tortoises at an Austrian zoo refused to share their cage after living together in captivity for 115 years. Their marriage was the world oldest known animal The Austrian Times in 2012 reported the turtles were getting a divorce after the female turtle Bib, bit off part of her mate Poldi turtle shell. The zoo staff did everything they could to save the marriage, including a version of marriage counseling, trying to play joint games and providing romantic food that was supposed to act as an aphrodisiac. Nothing worked. Bib is reported to be enjoying her new life as a single tortoise gal. Zoo keepers gave no reason why they split after so many years.

Many divorced boomers were children of divorced parents, increasing their chances of ending their own marriage, often referred to as the divorce cycle. When they remarry, they are at risk of becoming a gray divorcee because remarriages are two and a half times more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. In 2010, more than half of those 50 and older who got divorced were remarriages.

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Q My closest friend just announced she is divorcing her husband after 45 years of marriage. She is the second of my long time friends to divorce after so many years. I was taken by surprise by both. And yes, this is a trend. In 1900, one in 10 people over the age 50 got divorced; in 2010 it was one in four. The statistics are dramatic. Over the past 20 years, the divorce rate among baby boomers (ages 49 to 67) grew by more than 50 percent Louis Vuitton 30 Speedy Damier

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For humans there is speculation why an increased number of older adults are opting for the split.

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Many boomers are unwilling to stay in bad marriages for the rest of their lives. For some couples, children were the glue that held the marriage together.

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while overall divorce rates have stabilized.

The numbers are startling. over 50 got divorced; in 2010 that number exploded to 643,000.

People are living longer and are evaluating how they want to spend their second half of life.

We are witnessing a cultural shift that has made divorce and remarriage more acceptable.

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Recent research on this topic was spurred by two sociologists in Bowling Green State University. Susan L. Brown and I Fen Lin were motivated to study the subject after Al and Tipper Gore announced they were no longer sweethearts and were Lv Overnight Bag

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getting a divorce. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Brown and her colleague asked the question, gets divorced after that long? Their research indicated that a four decade marriage ending in divorce was an emerging trend; they called it Louis Vuitton Crossbody Bag

Baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 grew up in a time when divorce was more common and acceptable. They were the first generation to divorce and remarry in large numbers.

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