Deciding to end a marriage has been around as long as the decision to marry in Florida. What may be changing is the age of couples when they decide to divorce. The overall rate of divorce is on the decline, but the rate for those couples aged 50 and over has been on the upswing. The divorce rate for those over 50 doubled from 1990 to 2010. Even couples over 90 are seeking to end their marriages.
Among current divorce proceedings, nearly one in four cases involves a couple over the age of 50. This phenomena is also referred to as 'gray divorce.' Many of these divorces are commenced by women. This is in part due to the increased number of women in the workplace, resulting in more financial independence.