Law Offices ofBrandon R. CeglianP.C. Attorneys group photo

What are the implications of older Colorado residents divorcing?

Many couples with children look forward to the time when the kids leave the nest and Mom and Dad can have more time to themselves. Raising a family can take a huge toll on a couple's resources, both financial and emotional, and parenting can often mean less time spent focusing on your partner.

In many cases, couples find the time to reconnect with one another when the kids are grown and starting their own adult lives. However, this is not always the case, and new research suggests that older couples in Colorado and beyond are choosing divorce at rates far above those of decades past.

The data comes from a study conducted by researchers at The National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University. The study found that while the divorce rate for all Americans has held steady, dating back to the 1980s, the rate of divorce among older adults has doubled over the past two decades. In 2009, one in four of all divorces were of people age 50 or older. In 1990, that number was just one on 10.

There are a number of theories as to why older adults are choosing divorce more often than in previous decades. Many couples choose to stay together until their children are grown, in the belief that a divorce would reduce stability and cause tension for their family, which is a topic we have previously covered on this blog.

No matter the reasons older couples decide to get divorced, they must still work through many of the same questions as younger couples preparing to split. However, those questions may have very different implications and answers. After spending decades together, there is a good chance a significant amount of marital, or shared, assets have been accrued. As such, it becomes a trickier situation for couples to divide these assets in a way that will provide for both as they grow older.

After many years of marriage, making the decision to divorce can be very difficult. Though it's never a decision to make without consideration, deciding to dissolve a marriage is often the best route for many couples. By taking the right steps, couples can divide their property and assets in an orderly fashion and prepare for the next stage of their lives.

Source:, "The 25-year itch: Empty nesters and the second half of marriage," Wendy Donahue, July 16, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
get Legal Help Now

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Meet Our Attorneys

Attorney Brandon

Brandon Ceglian

Brandon Ceglian's practice focus is family law, landlord-tenant law / real estate, civil litigation, criminal / DUI, and collections. View Attorney Profile

Attorney Adam

J. Adam Beckman

Adam Beckman’s areas of focus are family law, adoptions and prenuptial agreements, and criminal law/DUI. View Attorney Profile


Domenic Nicotra

Domenic Nicotra’s practices primarily in the areas of Landlord-Tenant, Family Law, Criminal, Protection Orders, and Civil Litigation. View Attorney Profile

Daniel J. Zolnikov

Daniel J. Zolnikov

Daniel Zolnikov practices in the areas of HOA, debt collections, landlord tenant, civil litigation and construction law. View Attorney Profile