Senior Divorce Surge
A mega-trend in the 21st century is the burgeoning number of divorcing seniors. The divorce rate for the “50 plus” demographic is estimated to have doubled in the past decade. National attention was riveted when Al and Tipper Gore announced their separation by email in June 2010 after 40 years of marriage. Less surprising was Larry King’s announcement the following month that he was seeking divorce for the eighth time. More understandable is the 2011 divorce petition filed by Maria Shriver against Arnold Schwarzenegger for his secret affair with their housekeeper that produced a child.