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Some observations concerning divorce and the 50-plus demographic

On Behalf of | May 16, 2017 | Firm News, High Asset Divorce

“A lot of nuance.”

As noted by a tag team of professor researchers, that is one of the first things to emerge with relative clarity from their study focused upon data, statistics and other information relevant to older divorcing couples in America.

The central results of that study were provided for readers in Arkansas and nationally in a recent article of the Institute for Family Studies (IFS), a research group that studies matters and trends important to families of all types.

As noted in that piece, law professors Naomi Cahn and June Carbone readily admitted to having deep personal interest in their work, with both being members of a demographic that is subjected these days to a comparatively high level of quantitative poking and prodding relevant to divorce matters.

Specifically, they are both over 50, have grown children outside the home and have been married for more than three decades.

A number of other family law researchers will quickly make assumptions based on just that limited knowledge, with some implying — and others stating with a higher level of assurance — that people having a profile like Cahn and Carbone are somehow more susceptible to getting divorced.

Many of our readers have likely seen their fair share of stories with headline lead-ins such as “The phenomenon of baby boomer divorces” or “Why is gray divorce so prevalent?”

Actually, is divorce a special concern of the boomer demographic and especially, as Cahn and Carbone point to, couples over 50 who are in extremely long-tenured marriages?

The researchers took a look at myriad family law studies considering such questions and provided some interesting findings for the IFS. We’ll take a look at them in our next blog post.


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