When many people in New Mexico think about divorcing couples, they might think about people who are still young enough to have kids at home before they would think about someone about to retire. However, the fact of the matter is that divorce among people aged 50 and older has been on the rise for some time now. These divorces are commonly called gray divorces, as people at this stage of life may have graying hair.
Psychology Today explains that two factors that might contribute to the increase in gray divorces are money and previous divorces. It seems that people with a greater set of financial resources experience fewer divorces. Some experts think this could be because the access to money provides couples access to assistance that may be needed to save a marriage, such as marriage counselling.
It has been a known fact for some time that second marriages have a higher failure rate than do first marriages. People who are in second or subsequent marriages that end in divorce may well be in their 50s or beyond.
Kiplinger notes that in 1990, only one out of every 10 divorces included a couple over the age of 50. By 2015, one out of every four failed marriages was a gray divorce. While remarriages may be part of this trend, it is interesting also to note that over half of gray divorces happen in marriages that have lasted for at least 20 years. Modern society may well contribute to spouse's changing views on their needs for personal satisfaction that may not be found in a marriage.