Emptying the Nest: The Increase of California: Fresno Gray Divorces  

Increases in Fresno Gray Divorces

When most people think of divorce, they probably imagine a young husband and wife splitting up. A couple that barely knew themselves, let alone what they were jumping into when they got married. In decades past, roughly 9 out of 10 divorces in America were between couples 50 and younger. But, as our life expectancy has grown and goals have shifted, so too have divorce rates among older individuals. And the number of “gray divorces” is likely to increase in the coming years.

As of 2009, the over half a million people over the age of fifty were divorced in America. This represented roughly four out of every ten divorces in the country. According to researchers this is nearly double the number it was two decades before. Interestingly enough, in 66% of the time, it was the woman in the relationship who initiated the split. While there are a number of theories as to why these types of splits have risen, many believe it points to a lack of self-fulfillment. As opposed to marriages over the past century, the realization of individual needs has become a dominant force – and one that is driving many older couples apart.

Unfortunately, no matter what the circumstances may be, separation is difficult. Divorce can be particularly hard on a family that has been together for decades. If you are facing a gray divorce and are in need of legal advice, contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks to schedule an appointment today.

We’ve helped many people through this big change in their lives. Let us be there for you next. Contact us today at (559) 222-4891.

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