Divorce Lawyers Note Surge in Baby Boomer Breakups

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Baby Boomers triggered a number of cultural changes in the 1960s.  They now appear to also be responsible for a new trend in divorce court.

According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 61 percent of divorce lawyers say they’ve seen an increase in the number of divorce cases among couples over 50 years of age.

“Baby boomers have regularly been catalysts for social chance and getting divorced in their later years appears to be one of the most recent trends,” says Alton Abramowitz, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Among the issues most commonly fought-over in baby boomer breakups, alimony was at the top of the list with 38 percent of the respondents, followed by 20 percent citing business interests and 14 percent noting retirement accounts.

Twenty-two percent of the lawyers surveyed said wives were most often seen as initiating the divorce, while 14 percent said it was the husband.  Sixty-four percent of the attorneys reported no difference.

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