Older married residents of California may be interested to learn that 25 percent of the people in the United States who get a divorce are at least 50 years old. This is as the rates of divorce for other age groups have either become constant or have dropped.

According to research, less than 10 percent of Americans who were getting a divorce in 1990 were older than 50. The research also indicated that the older divorcees were not limited to those who had remarried; in fact, more than 50 percent of gray divorces are couples who have been married an excess of 20 years.

It is possible that there is a higher expectation of satisfaction and happiness. It also seems that couples are not content to participate in a marriage that is loveless or to remain married simply to avoid not being divorced.

Multiple factors are believed to be contributing to the rise in gray divorce. Getting a divorce is not as stigmatized as it once was. The human life span is also much longer, and as a result, people are reluctant to remain in an empty relationship for a long time. The economic strides of women is also a contributing factor to the increase in gray divorces, as women do not have to choose between living in poverty or remaining in a bad marriage.

The arrival on online dating has also provided older people with an easy option for finding a more fulfilling relationship. Many people are unwilling to make the sacrifice of living with a person they no longer respect or love.

A divorce attorney might advise clients older than 50 years old about which legal options should be pursued to resolved divorce legal issues. The attorney may engage in litigation to protect the rights of clients regarding the division of financial assets.