Entertainment Divorce with Ü50: Why more and more couples late in life still separate

20:25  04 may  2021
20:25  04 may  2021 Source:   businessinsider.de

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and they are not the only ones who decide to separate so late in life. Thomas Gottschalk and Mrs. Thea, for example, decided in 2019 after more than 40 years of marriage for a consensual separation.


Turning the relationship in the 50s and 60s is a phenomenon that has been heading as an increasing trend since the early nineties - even in Germany.

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According to numbers of the Federal Institute for Population Research, the number of divorced men from 55 years and women from 50 years since 1991 continues continuously. In 2018, 14.2 of 1,000 German men were divorced from 60 years, 2011 was 13.

for women from the age of 60, it looks similar: the number of divorced rose from 2011 from 7.1 to 8.4 per 1,000 head . In the age group 55-60 years, the number of divorced women has even gone up more significantly. In 2018, 12 of 1,000 women were divorced in old age, 2011 only 9.4.

Reasons for divorces and separations at higher age

more financial and social independence of the partners through social changes in recent decades play a role: a separation or divorce is more for many no existence-threatening decision. But also the availability of new possibilities for the dating - on and offline - may be a factor that many pairs are moving again after a long marriage or life partnership again a romantic new beginning. Finally, psychologists know that couples decide to separate when there are alternatives to the current relationship.

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"Today, people see the beginning of a new life section, which they want to make consciously design, including new life designs," explains the Munich divorce forwife Renate Maltry to DPA. Particularly a pending pension or its beginning is often perceived as a time of upheaval in which people think about their future.

Longer life expectancy leads to problems in long-term relationships

the development psychologist Prof. EM. Dr. Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello worked on a research project on the reasons for separations after many years of relationships. In her book "If love is no longer young" she writes that, above all, demographic change and also increased life expectancy help to help partnerships even in middle to high age still find their end.

"partnerships that are closed at a young age can probably take six or seven decades today. No former generation was confronted with such a challenge," she writes. The increasing divorce rate in long-term marriages is an indication that this challenge is simply too big for many.

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other reasons, according to an long-term study of the psychologist at the University of Bern, above all infidelity of the partner or the partner, incompatibility and alienation. 1,236 divorced at the age of 40 to 65 years were interviewed for this. More than half of men and around 45 percent of women gave the latter as a reason for their relationship.

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