One of the many reasons for the increased divorce rate for people in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country who are over the age of 50 is infidelity. Because people who engage in extramarital affairs are not as stigmatized as they once would have been, infidelity has become the reason for many grey divorces. Older members of both sexes may begin finding younger members of the opposite sex more attractive.
Another reason for the increase in grey divorce is that people are enjoying better health and living longer than they have before. When presented with remaining in an unhappy marriage for the rest of their lives, people who are 50 years old or older opt to leave the marriage and try to find happiness elsewhere.
The quality of life that people are able to enjoy later in life is also better due to proper healthcare and being able to take part in activities that allows them to remain physically, psychologically and mentally active. Older adults may decide to find partners who share their attitudes and interests instead of remaining in a marriage in which the other spouse is no longer active, healthy or fit.
The divorce rate among older adults is also rising due to addictions. This can include addictions to alcohol, gambling, drugs, pornography and more. Marriages may begin to fail when individuals begin prioritizing their habits over what their families need.
A divorce attorney may assist older clients seeking a divorce by working to obtain the desired divorce settlement terms. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, litigation or negotiation may be used to resolve disputes regarding the division of retirement assets, pensions, business assets, real estate and more.