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One generation plans for divorce, one plans for marriage

Kentucky readers know that there are seemingly huge ideological and cultural differences between baby boomers and millennials. In addition to politics and a myriad of other differences, studies show that as more millennials reach the stage of life where many choose to marry, baby boomers are reaching a stage where many choose to divorce. In fact, studies indicate that approximately half of all marriages continue to end in divorce.

According to data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overall numbers of divorces in the country have dropped. On average, marriages are lasting longer and even younger people who get married are not divorcing as frequently as they used to. However, those numbers could be related to the fact that people are waiting longer to get married and more people are delaying marriage, even when in committed, serious relationships.

While younger generations may be getting married and staying married, at least for a longer time, older generations are still getting divorces. Starting in the 1970s, baby boomers started filing for divorce, setting records for the number of petitions filed. There may be several reasons for this, such as more women in the workplace, a more streamlined divorce process or even longer life expectancy.

Divorce is not age specific, nor does it preclude those who are already looking at retirement or have been retired for many years. When a baby boomer is considering divorce, he or may benefit greatly from the help of a Kentucky divorce attorney who can help weigh all the options and help choose the best path. With the right help and the right perspective, the end of a marriage can be the start of a wonderful new life, no matter the person's age.

Source: Bloomberg, "Boomers Are Making Sure the Divorces Keep Coming", Ben Steverman, June 17, 2016

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