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An empty nest could lead to the decision to divorce

When people in Virginia make their marriage vows, they do so with the intention that they will be wed to their partner for the rest of their lives. This is true whether a person marries at age 20 or at age 50. While divorce may not seem likely when a couple decides to get married, the fact of the matter is that in our country anywhere from around 40 to 50 percent of married couples ultimately end up divorcing.

People in Virginia may wonder if there is a certain age at which couples may be more apt to divorce. One legal professional believes that people are most likely to seek a divorce when they are in their mid to late 40's. Oftentimes around that age, a couple's children have grown, leaving the couple with an empty nest. Without the common focus of raising their children, couples at this stage may be forced to reckon with the fact that they have grown apart over the years.

Another legal professional points out that at that age many people are at a high point in their career and are focusing on retirement. This can cause both partners to experience a certain amount of stress, which could affect their marriage. And, if one partner stayed home to raise the children, once the children have grown that partner may experience restlessness. These situations could lead a couple to deciding to end their marriage.

Of course, couples of all ages in Virginia may some day seek a divorce. Whether a person is divorcing in their 30's, 40's or even 50's, what is important is that the split is fair to all involved. Therefore, it may be prudent to seek the advice of an attorney who can represent their client's interests throughout divorce proceedings.

Source:, "This Is the Most Popular Age to Get Divorced," Jen Glantz, Dec. 12, 2017

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