Baby boomers’ marriages are going, well, boom. Or should we say bust?
CNN reports that divorce rates are on the rise for Americans older than 50, doubling over the past two decades, a new study finds.
The research, out of Bowling Green State University, analyzed info from the 2009 American Community Survey, according to the network, and points to longer lives and shorter second and third marriages as contributing to the rise.
“We have high expectations for what constitutes a good marriage today, and we’re looking for self-fulfillment and individual happiness in our relationships,” Susan L. Brown, a coauthor of the study, tells CNN. “When you are 60, 65 you retire [and say], ‘Well, I can live another 20, 25 years. Do I want to spend my life with that person? Is she or he making me happy?’ And if not, well, divorce is a viable alternative.”
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