Divorce Rate Drops but not for Baby Boomers
How many times have we heard about how the baby boomers have changed things? They wanted to change the world in the 1960’s, they wanted to bring peace and love to mankind. Then they traded their bell-bottoms for business suits and work clothes and joined the capitalists. Women joined the work force in record numbers. Here in Oahu and there on Maui that has really happened, for instance.
Yes, they (the boomers in question) have wanted it all, and they still do. A large number of boomers own 1 or more second homes or similiar pieces of real estate, for example. Jeff Kunerth, writing for the Orlando Sentinel, posted the story yesterday, December 14, 2011, under the title, “Aging baby boomers boost divorce rate among older adults.” Kunerth says that although the general divorce rate in the United States has fallen, the divorce among 50 to 64 year-olds has shot up. It is really something. Here in Hawaii, for example, you see a lot of Oahu Real estate and likewise Maui properties that are a result of a divorce overall, as a broad example. It just seems the family law and divorce lawyer firms are doing good, at least here in Seattle and Bellevue.
No, we don’t think of oldsters getting divorced, starting all over, but the boomers are changing that, just as they changed so many other social norms. Kunerth tells the story of Lucie Elmer, who married young, got a divorce and remarried. The second marriage lasted 28 years, but then Lucie got her second divorce.
Lucie Elmer, age 54, was quoted by Kunerth as saying, “Even though I was a very independent person, when it came to being divorced at this age, now it’s just you. It’s frightening and exciting.” A friend of mine lost some of his Oahu and Maui real estate in this kind of a situation.
Kunerth also quoted Susan L. Brown, co-director of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University in Ohio, as saying, “(we used to think those) ’Older (folks), they don’t get divorced. Now one in four people getting divorced is over the age of 50. In 1990, it was less than one in ten (overall).”
Kunerth notes Brown’s research discovered that the divorce rate for those 50 to 64 rose from 6.9 divorces per 1,000 marriages in 1990 to 12.6 in 2009, while the overall divorce rate in the United States fell from 18.95 to 17.92. We all know older couples who seem to merely endure their marriages. It’s a new paradigm in thinking ; women are more independent and both sexes want the most out of all the years of their lives. Well I am off to Seattle.