Divorce rate rises for baby boomers study shows

The divorce rate for baby boomers and older couples has more than doubled over the past three decades, and is expected to increase further, according to a study from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.

The study reported that the divorce rate between people over the age of 50 more than doubled between 1990 and 2008, and even if the rate were to remain constant, the total number of individuals who experience a split will rise by 25 percent by 2030.

According to Loralea Allen, a clinical counselor, the dynamics of marriage have changed.

“Traditional views and expectations of marriage and family have changed, due in large part to more education and employment opportunities for women,” Allen told the Akron Beacon Journal.

The news source reported that several psychologists have noted that the increase may be due to the fact that society no longer looks negatively on someone who has had a divorce. Cultural changes, like the increased education of women, have also been a significant factor in the number of people who favor a split with their spouse.