A recent study that the baby boomer divorce rate for people 50 and older has more than doubled over a 20 year span, according to Bowling Green State University.
Fewer than 1 in 10 people who were divorced in 1990 were 50 or over; however, in 2009, that number increased to 1 in 4.
Some researchers feel that the tendency of moving in together before marriage in the 1970s and 1980s could be to blame, to some extent.
In addition, those who took the survey in the study claim that changing ideas about what makes a good marriage and longer life spans also contributed to these numbers.
“When you are 60, 65, you retire,” says Susan Brown of Bowling Green State University. “[You think], ‘Well, I can live another 20, 25 years. Do I want to spend the rest of my life with that person? Is she or he making me happy?'”
The term “baby boomer” was made up by Landon Jones, in his book Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation. According to his definition, it is the span between 1943 and 1960, when yearly births increased by over 4,000,000.
Nearly 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce in the U.S., which is the highest divorce rate in the world.