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Divorce facts for older parties may surprise some New Yorkers

Though the idea of ending a marriage may seem unlikely to some parties who feel happily married, this type of situation could happen to anyone. The reasons may differ from couple to couple, but even New York residents who once felt that divorce could never happen to them may find themselves facing legal proceedings. In fact, some older parties may even consider this option after decades of marriage.

Between the years of 1990 and 2010, people over the age of 50 saw their divorce rate double. This information came from a survey that utilized more than a million individuals over 50 years old as participants. The survey still indicated that middle-aged individuals had a higher likelihood of getting divorced than older people, but older parties saw the rate increase more quickly.

Another fact that many individuals may find surprising is that that older women appear to become healthier after getting divorced. A three-year study of nearly 80,000 woman whose ages ranged from 50 to 79 indicated that divorced or separated women had a lower body-mass index and ate a more nutritious diet. It was noted that the changes did not have a connection to mental-health issues.

Older individuals -- as parties of any age -- may struggle with the idea of potentially ending their marriages. If they choose to do so, they may wonder what impacts the change could have on their financial and personal lives. In order to gain reliable information relating to divorce in New York, interested individuals may wish to utilize local legal resources to obtain more knowledge.

Source: businessinsider.com, "13 facts about divorce every couple should know before getting married", Shana Lebowitz, Aug. 18, 2017

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