The dissolution of marriages in the United States, including in Massachusetts, increased during the 1970s and the 1980s, when baby boomers became adults. As this segment of the population reaches retirement age, they are still getting divorced. Unfortunately, the divorce process appears to have a disproportionate impact on women.
The divorce rate for Americans who are younger has actually dropped in recent years. Still, failed marital unions among individuals above the age of 50 was two times higher in 2010 than it was in 1990. Thus, the risk for dissolving a marriage has stayed constant overall. Nearly 50 percent of marriages may end up collapsing.