Consumer — 11 December 2013

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The number of divorces may be dropping, but that is not true for people over age 50 — who have seen their divorce rate surge 50% in the past 20 years.  In fact, one in four divorces occurs after the age 50.

Statistika_razvodov_v_rossii1“I’m an attorney, not a sociologist, but this trend doesn’t surprise me,” said Alan Fishbein, who has been practicing law in Ellicott City, Maryland for over 30 years.

“The baby boomers drove up the divorce rate in their younger years, so it makes sense that they are still divorcing at a higher rate.”

Pepper Schwartz is a professor of sociology at the University of Washington and recently wrote this story on the topic for CNN. She agrees with Fishbein that the unique social history of baby boomers makes them more divorce-prone than other groups.

Baby boomers are the 79 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, who have changed just about everything as they have grown up, from music to marriage.

“They pushed against the restrictive conventions of social life their parents more or less had accepted,” Schwartz says.

The overall divorce rate is dropping, at least partially because people are waiting much longer to marry.

The New York Times ran a recent story on the changing face of the American family.  It spoke about a dip in the divorce rate, which used to be around 50%, but has been dropping for the past decades and now is just about 40% for first-time marriages.

While it’s gratifying to some that the divorce rate is falling, there are still many divorces.

When a person decides to end his or her marriage, it is important to find an attorney who specializes in divorce – one who spends 75% to 100% of their time in divorce law.

“Divorce law demands specific knowledge,” added Fishbein, “The financial implications to a client are important, of course, and when you add critically important and emotional issues like child custody and education, it simply demands specific legal expertise.”


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