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Divorce: baby boomers and collaborative law

Over the past few years, while the overall divorce rate has stayed relatively stagnant, it turns out the baby boomer divorce rate is actually on the rise. In fact, according to a study from Bowling Green State University, the past two decades have seen a doubling of the divorce rate between spouses age 50 and older.

When looking at why there may be more divorces among the baby boomer generations, authors tied to the study point to several factors, including the fact that people are living longer and changing their expectations on marriage. Basically, at the age of retirement -- around 60 or 65 -- many realize they could end up living for another 20 or 25 years and are no longer certain they really want to spend the rest of their lives with their significant others.

Additionally, authors of the study point to the fact that this was the same generation who first experienced the higher divorce rates of the 1970s and 1980s and the idea of couples living together before marriage.

Collaborative law an option for some

Recently, one couple shared their divorce story on how not only did they did decide to file for divorce after 37 years of marriage, but also of how they choose to go the route of collaborative law as opposed to a traditional divorce.

With collaborative law, the idea is that a husband and wife work with attorneys instead of the courts to resolve their issues. The process itself encourages open communication and more informal discussions to reach a fair divorce settlement. In turn, many report this resulting in less stress. For the one couple, the two have even remained friendly with one another and continue to live nearby.

Of course, it should be noted that collaborative law does not have an age limit. And while this one couple was of the baby boomer age, often couples with children also choose to with collaborative law in order to reduce the overall tension of the divorce process.

Source: KETK, "Baby boomer divorce rate doubles," June 24, 2012

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