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Divorce rates increasing among baby boomer population

Maryland residents may not be surprised to hear that recent reports show divorce rates among the baby boomer population have nearly doubled over a 20 year period, many of them after long-term marriages. Many families in recent years have likely noticed that their aunts, uncles, parents, or even grandparents have filed for divorce, an action that most people attribute to younger couples and not older couples in long-term marriages.

While many people may view divorce among older couples as being odd, it's very likely that these couples are choosing to divorce for many of the same reasons that younger couples do. Unhappiness, financial instability and abuse may all be contributing factors.

Divorce has been around for generations, and as technology and society have advanced, so have the implications for divorce. Maryland residents who fall into the category of baby boomers or older adults may also have assets and property to consider that many younger couples do not. These assets can include retirement accounts as these individuals reach retirement age.

Divorce may never be considered a pleasant experience; however it does not have to be grueling and dramatic as the media often portrays. Older Maryland residents desiring to file for divorce will surely want to ensure that their rights are protected, and that their individual needs are met. With the proper steps and support, divorce can be amicable at any age, and the key may well be to keep lines of communication open in an attempt to reach a fair and equitable resolution of all important matters.

Source: Appleton Post Crescent, "Divorce growing among boomer generation," Terrence Jack, May 5, 2012

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