Baby Boomers Embrace Divorce

An unprecedented phenomenon is taking place among baby boomers. In 1970 only 13% of adults over 50 were divorced, separated or never married. Today 33% of adults between 46 and 64 are divorced, separated or never married, according to census data compiled by Bowling Green State University in Ohio. As well, experts believe those numbers will increase as younger people approach their 40’s and 50’s, keeping in mind the lower rates of marriage among this age group.

The ramifications of this new reality are enormous for society in general. While older spouses typically rely on their spouses for support and care, the elderly single will look to government programs to assist them.

Statistics show that unmarried boomers are five times more likely to live in poverty than their married counterparts. They are also three times more likely to need food stamps, disability payments and social assistance.

Experts offer the following reasons for the surge in grey divorce:

1. People are living longer and married couples in their 50’s or 60’s are more reluctant to spend the rest of their lives together in a bad marriage;

2. As women become more financially independent they are more willing to leave a situation that their mothers and grandmothers could not, for purely economic reasons;

3. Baby boomers who experienced the sexual revolution of the 1960’s and 1970’s feel less social pressure to marry or stay married;

4. Being divorced or single as an older adult no longer holds the stigma it once did.

In our throw-away, secular society it is not surprising that the marriage covenant between husband and wife no longer has any value. However, spouses who have been abused verbally, emotionally, or physically can never be faulted for getting out to protect themselves and often, their children.

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang


3 thoughts on “Baby Boomers Embrace Divorce

  1. I agree with the above. But in addition, there is a predatory aspect, as capacity has created its own perverse demand. Men are sometimes seen by some women as a source of easy income, without return obligation or responsibility. I have seen in my previous Court work, mothers who planned to have serial fathers for their several children (income sources), so that she would have court ordered child maintenance from all of them, as well as successive division of assets (his assets). Sometimes the Court ordered two fathers pay for the same children. Seduction for financial gain was the female lifestyle choice. It has been going on forever, but with the more recent emphasis in the power of the Court concering division of assets, and strong enforcement of chlld maintenance, with no consideration of ‘demonstated need’ (regardless if the payer was the biological father), a number of females have a predatory outlook on life, and the Courts are just too keen to enable the female predatory outlook on life. There are a lot of men who rightly feel used and abused by women, and also the Court system on top of it all.

  2. To fully understand about support of the kids life. It is not easy to manage all the things happened to your life, whether the previous relationship was successful or ended in divorce. Women is advisable to have a protection for themselves as well as the children. Anyway, I learn a lot of this post. Thank you so much for posting this!

  3. This also leads to another issue related to aging alone and preparing for your later life care to ensure a decent quality of life when you can no longer speak up for referred to in my article Later Life Planing – Who Will Look Out For You?
    Posted on April 21, 2011

    Imagine being on your own, elderly, frail, struggling to manage, not having someone to speak up for you or not knowing how to get the help you need? This is the case for a growing number of seniors who live alone and have no family members or close friends to help them. With lower birthrates and increasing life expectancy, Statistics Canada predicts seniors will outnumber children by 2015.i The number of one-person households climbed almost 12 percent over five years, family sizes are decreasing and more people are choosing to live alone.

    The reality is that being frail or physically weak does not mean end of life. Although you may be frail, speaking more quietly, responding more slowly, mentally you may be sharp and you may have many years left to live. This is a key point to think about because this is when the issue of quality of life is most essential and when elder abuse comes to the forefront.

    A growing number of seniors are asking to have a personal advocate to speak up for them. They want someone to represent them in their daily life and with health care issues, and to ensure they continue to be treated as individuals and to have their rights and values respected. The important point to note is to make plans while you have the energy and can still make realistic choices…..

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