A growing number of senior citizens are ending decades-long marriages, according to recent trends. The prevalence of divorce among New York residents and Americans across the country aged 65 and up is on the rise. Experts are citing many reasons for this unusual trend that appears to buck conventional marriage statistics.
According to studies conducted by national research institutes, the number of divorcees over the age of 50 has doubled since 1990. Theories about why this trend has become so popular have abounded. They range from lowered importance placed on faith- or religiously-based rules about divorce, to the increase of women with careers, to a simple influx of elderly people thanks to the retirement of the baby boomer generation.