When a couple gets married, the last thing on their mind is divorce. No Houston couple expects their marriage will end in divorce, but for many couples this will be the reality. A divorce can happen at any time during the marriage, but for those who are facing a divorce later in their lives, it can be difficult.
The divorce rate among all couples may be on the decline, from a peak in the 1970s and 1980s, but for those who are over 50 years of age it is rising. The rate among those over 50 has doubled between 1990 and 2010. Those who are over 50 may face unique challenges at the end of a marriage. The first challenge is that an older person who is divorcing can suffer a serious financial blow. A younger person has many years to recover financially, where an older person has the risk of ending up in poverty even if they receive spousal support. Another consequence of an older divorce is that a person who may not have been working prior to the divorce can have economic problems after the divorce as they try and re-enter the workforce after many years away.