Suffolk County Divorce Attorney Shares New Surprising Statistics on Divorcing Baby Boomers

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Recently, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) released the results of a survey regarding the number of “gray divorces”, which are cases involving parties who are over the age of 50. Collaborative attorney, David Vallone shares industry insight on the growth of “Gray Divorce”.

Contrary to the belief that only young couples are looking to make major life changes, a recent survey released in June of this year from the American Academy of Matrimonial Law (AAML) suggests that Boomers, as a generation which brought great social change, are more aware of their ability to change the perception that divorce is not for people beyond the age of 50. As a Suffolk county divorce attorney The Law Office of David Vallone shares insight on the rise of “Gray Divorce”, and what is motivating Baby-Boomers to make the major life change.

As the study presented by the AMML on stated that of the 1,600 matrimonial attorneys who were surveyed, 61 percent of members who responded cited an increase in what many are calling “Gray Divorce.” Alton Abramowitz, President of the AAML, told he sees the rise in boomer divorce resulting from longer life expectancy, approaching retirement benefits, and children leaving home. The factors combined are causing changes in relationships that many boomers are not willing to work through.

As for the issues surrounding the divorce process, “Alimony was the most contentious issue in 38 percent of divorces among boomers - people born between 1946 and 1964. Business interests came in second at 20 percent, followed by retirement accounts and pensions, according to the online poll of the 1,600 AAML members”, said Reuters.

Mr. Vallone, has seen the rise of “gray divorce” in his nearly 23 years of practice, and backed the AMML’s discoveries that alimony issues were the main source of contention. The overall divorce rate remains at 45 percent, but the rate for older Americans has doubled over the past 20 years.

Expanding on the article, Mr. Vallone added that aside from life and family changes, many Boomer related divorces revolve around a third party. After significant life changes like retirement, or children getting married, Boomers are more likely to end an unhappy relationship to take advantage of their “golden years” and often seek another party quickly to spend their time with. As with younger divorcees, boomers have also seen an increase in third party involvement through social media and internet dating sites which are directed to people over 50, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research.

“Boomers are mostly well educated and financially stable. They have demonstrated an ability to accept change. It makes sense that the largest demographic in America is now seeking divorce during a period of their lives where very few have considered this option in the past,” added Mr. Vallone.

For more information on divorce statistics, visit the AAML website, or read the article from the AAML here:

For inquiries regarding the divorce process, alimony, collaborative divorce or separation, contact Mr. Vallone today.

Suffolk County attorney David Vallone has been practicing law on Long Island for 22 years. Throughout his career, he has practiced in the fields of divorce and family law, as well as real estate closings. Since 2006, he has also been a divorce mediator and a collaborative lawyer. If you are seeking the counsel of an experienced Suffolk County Divorce Attorney, please call his office at 631-676-7100 for immediate assistance.

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