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A new trend might lead to a senior divorce

For years, people have written about generation gaps and the differences between those over 50 and the younger crowd. In Arizona and elsewhere, a new trend comes as a surprise to many people. Whether this particular habit is causing senior divorce numbers to rise is not yet known.

Marriage is a legal union and, according to many, a sacred vow between two people. No two marriages are exactly the same, however, yet most people agree on a consensus as to whether it's okay for married people to seek physical intimacy outside their own relationships. Most people say it is flat-out wrong to do it.

Strangely, the number of people over age 50 having extra marital affairs has risen. Those who are younger have actually become more faithful in marriage in recent years. It's no wonder then, according to this statistic, that gray divorce (severing marital ties after age 50) has also increased in recent years. In fact, some reports show older people have affairs at least five to six times more often than younger adults.

A senior divorce can be especially devastating to adult children who were raised their whole lives by both parents. The emotional trauma that can set in when parents of adult children decide to get divorced is significant. When an extramarital affair has led to a break-up, it can be especially traumatizing for all involved. Often, the spouse who was cheated on wants to seek the swiftest way out of the relationship. A good way to alleviate some of the stress of a particular situation is to reach out for support from an experienced Arizona family law attorney.

Source:, "Older Americans are cheating more, while younger ones cheat less", Lois M. Collins, July 17, 2017

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