'Til Death Do Us Part? Forget it, Older Couples Say


Baby boomers are divorcing at record rates.

People live longer after raising children and retiring ... and despite death-do-us-part vows, they want to live fuller lives.

The Pew Research Center finds that Americans ages 50 and older are getting divorced at rates nearly double those of the 1990s.

Pew finds that these so-called "gray divorces" are the fastest-growing sector of failing marriages.

Experts say the rise is because people live longer and feel entitled to a fuller life after parenthood and working.

Austin-based family law attorney Janice Green tells NewsRadio 740 KTRH that some couples partition their assets and keep only financial ties -- for sake of taxes, life insurance, Social Security and other practical factors.

Pew notes that people, on average, are increasingly healthier and generally expected to live longer. So for couples whose marriage may be on the rocks, it may take longer for death to part them.

The study also found that among divorcees 50 and older, 48 percent were ending in their second or third marriage.


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