There was a time when divorce was mainly the arena of young couples who realized they were incompatible or who experienced issues, like infidelity. Couples who had spent decades together did not choose to divorce, even if their marriages were no longer healthy and happy. That has changed in recent years, with older adults and couples with decades of marriage together choosing to seek a fresh start in their golden years. The divorce rate among couples over the age of 50 has doubled since the 1990s.
Many different factors contributed to this increase. The social stigma around divorce is much lower than it was years ago. Our culture has embraced the idea that sometimes people need to end existing relationships in order to pursue their own happiness and well-being. Couples at or near retirement age may find they no longer have much in common with their spouse and worry about spending years together without the interruptions of childcare and work. For these couples, divorce may be a better option than staying together in an unhappy situation.