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More Texas women over 50 are looking to divorce

Many in Texas may not know that over the past 20 years, the number of couples over the age of 50 that are getting divorced has nearly doubled. This trend seems to be largely due to women over the age of 50 who have options that their mothers never had. Older women are more financially independent than their mothers and aren't afraid to divorce and be on their own.

Many couples over the age of 50 are no longer raising children and have come to the conclusion that their marriage isn't making them happy. For those women who are making their own money, have their own friends and hobbies, the decision to leave an unhappy marriage is a lot easier. For those older couples who have been married multiple times, the chance of divorcing can be as high of 150 percent.

Some celebrity couples have brought this issue to light recently. There are celebrity couples who have been married anywhere from 20 to 30 years that are getting divorced. It's not unusual anymore for people who have been together for numerous decades to get divorced.

For those older Texas couples who have decided to get a divorce, the process may be simpler than for younger couples that have children. Without the need to argue over child custody and child support, things may go much smoother. Older couples that are divorcing may find it easier to choose collaborative divorce or divorce mediation in order to avoid going to court. Being able to work together to come up with a mutually agreeable divorce settlement may be one of the advantages of getting divorced later in life.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Gray Divorce: Will You Become Part Of The Trend?" Nov. 1, 2012

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