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Finances, Infidelity Among the Most Common Causes of Gray Divorce

The term “gray divorce” refers to a dissolution of marriage that occurs among people of older age. There has been a significant increase in divorce rates among people in their 60s and older. Even as the overall rate of divorces in the United States has declined over the last two decades, the rate for older couples continues to rise.

Below are just a few factors attorneys and divorce experts believe are behind this trend:

  • Financial issues: Money problems are at the root of many divorces, but there are some unique financial considerations among older people that can cause some tension in a relationship. Mismanaged retirement or investment accounts can lead to significant relationship friction, as can long-term overspending.
  • Growing apart: Many older couples who get divorced do so because they no longer have children in the home. As parents become empty nesters, they suddenly find themselves spending more time in each other’s company than they perhaps have in decades. This can, in some cases, be a difficult adjustment.
  • Infidelity: One of the most common causes of divorces among Baby Boomers is infidelity. As people get older, they may no longer feel the physical attraction or spark they once felt in their partner, so they seek out different partners from whom they can get that excitement. This can place a significant strain on a relationship.
  • Addiction: This is another issue that can affect people of all ages. Addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling or other vices can wreak havoc on a relationship and lead to a marriage falling apart.

If you are in need of legal representation for your divorce or other family law issues, contact an experienced Minnesota attorney with Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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