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Divorces decline for younger couples, increase for older ones

Younger adults in Georgia and throughout the country may have a lower chance of getting divorced compared to previous decades while adults who are 50 and over may be more likely to divorce than in the past. According to the Pew Research Center, while the highest divorce rates are still in the under-50 age group, the number of people in the 25-to-39 age group who divorced in 2015 was 24 per 1,000 married people while in 1990 it was 30. About 10 out of every 1,000 people who were 50 and over got a divorce in 2015, and this was double the number in 1990. At six out of every 1,000 married people, the number of people 65 and older who divorced in 2015 was three times higher than in 1990.

There was only a small change in the 40-to-49 age group. That group saw a small increase from 18 per 1,000 people in 1990 to 21 per 1,000 people in 2015.

Younger people have an older median age at marriage than in previous generations, and this could account for the decreasing divorce rate in this age range. Baby boomers have a history of marital discord. Remarriages are more vulnerable to divorce than first marriages, so baby boomers who have already been through one divorce might be more likely to get a second one.

Divorces vary in complexity based on a number of factors. While younger couples who are divorcing might be primarily concerned with child support and custody, older couples may be concerned about preserving their retirement. Individuals who are considering divorce might want to start by visiting an attorney to talk about those specific concerns. While retirement may seem a long way off to younger people, they may want to be certain they do not relinquish a potentially valuable share of a retirement account themselves.

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