Middle-aged people who decide to end their marriages are happier after the divorce than younger ones in the same position, a study has found
Those who get divorced after the age of 45 have been found to be more positive and excited about starting a new life than younger divorcees who may be stressed and anxious about their new single status. Some even throw divorce parties to celebrate their fresh start, a UK study commissioned by QualitySolicitors, has found.
The researchers, who polled 1 153 people, found that the most common reasons for divorce among people in this age group were the realisation, that after their kids have left home, that they are no longer compatible with their spouse, as well as a lack of financial freedom. Other reasons include career commitments and the pressure of being the breadwinner, the Daily Mail reports. A number of factors including social media and not sharing the same interests also caused marital stress.
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Instead of staying in an unfulfilling marriage, people in their mid 40s would rather get a divorce.
The study also found that those who divorce in middle-age were more civil towards each other afterwards, with some remaining friends. This is apparently due to neither partner holding any animosity towards the other as often they’ve mutually agreed to end the marriage.
“Divorce is rarely a happy process, but when the reasons for a separation are mature and considered, it can turn out well for both parties. And everyone can agree that age shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to being happy.
“You’ll also need good legal advice to agree on the best financial arrangements . . .with increased life expectancy, a good pension fund is often a person’s most valuable family asset,” family law expert at QualitySolicitors Michael Vale said.
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A 2015 US study found that women were more likely to ask for a divorce.
With most women now contributing to the household finances and holding down nine-to-five jobs, their expectations in relationships have changed, the study conducted by Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld found.
“The expectation is that marriage has a whole bunch of benefits and positive characteristics for women that it didn’t have in the past, but the truth is much trickier than that,” Rosenfeld was quoted saying by The Washington Post.