The divorce rate for older couples in Minnesota and around the country has essentially doubled since the 1990s. In fact, for adults in the United States who were 50 years of age or older in 2015, 10 out of every 1,000 married persons sought a divorce, according to the National Center for Health Statistics and the United States Census Bureau. The divorce rate tripled to six individuals per every 1,000 married persons in 2015 for adults aged 65 years and older.
While the divorce rate has increased over the last 25 years for adults 50 years or older, it has been somewhat steady since 2008 and is less than the divorce rate for adults who are younger than 50 years old and whose rate is almost two times as high. Also, the divorce rate for adults who are 40 to 49 years of age has increased slightly, although not to the degree of those 50 or older.