The rate of couples divorcing after the age of 50 has been steadily increasing over the years. This is commonly known as grey divorce and it happens for various reasons. One of the most common scenarios is that the kids have grown up and moved out of the house and the couple realizes that they no longer have a reason to stay married.
Like with other divorces, the reasons for grey divorce can be varied. Here are a some of the most common reasons why people divorce after many years of marriage.
If you and your spouse have been struggling against debt for a significant portion of the marriage, it is probably taking a toll on the relationship. Finances are difficult and complicated to manage, especially if one spouse takes it less seriously than the other. Tension also occurs in situations where one spouse has almost complete control over the finances and makes all of the financial decisions.
After many of years of marriage, many people realize that they have simply grown apart from their spouses. In other words, the spark that was there when you first got married has faded over the years while the two of you were busy working on your careers, raising a family and focusing on things other than the relationship.
Infidelity is also one of the most common causes of grey divorce. Even if you thought your relationship was strong, one or both of you may have given in to other opportunities during the course of the marriage. With social media and dating sites aplenty, it has become much easier to meet new people and carry on relations outside the marriage.
Longer life expectancy rates and addiction are also among the common causes of grey divorce and it is possible that one of these reasons applies to your particular situation. If you are considering divorce and have been married for a long time, you are not alone. There are resources available to help you cope with the emotional stress, prepare for your new life and protect your interests.