Even though the divorce rate in Texas is relatively stable, the number of “gray divorces” is on the rise. This is when couples end their marriage later in life. There are a number of factors behind this increase in divorce.
Couples may have little in common when the kids leave
The most obvious factor behind the increase in gray divorce is the fact that some couples find that they have little in common after the children leave home. They may have banded together to raise the kids, and that was their common purpose. After that is done, they realize that they no longer really know each other or want to be together.
Longer life expectancies contribute to the problem
In addition, people are living longer these days. The increase in life expectancy makes people realize that there is a whole new chapter around the corner. They think that they have time to start again and actually have meaningful time with a new partner. They are less afraid of being alone as they get older because there are more people around.
People think that finding a new mate is easier than ever
Finally, the rise of dating apps makes people think that finding a new mate is easier. They hear countless stories of people, possibly even their friends, who met a new partner on a dating app. If they are less than happy in their own marriage, they may think that it will be less difficult to begin life again after they are divorced.
All of this adds up to a soaring divorce rate among older couples. Divorcing later in life presents its own set of issues. For instance, instead of disputing custody issues, property division is the biggest factor in gray divorces because both spouses will need their share of the marital estate as they approach retirement age. Divorcing couples will have to negotiate a split that allows each person to provide for their needs.