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Divorce Not Less Likely After Decades of Marriage

Divorce After Decades Not Less Likely

Couples who have stayed married for decades seem like they got it figured out. Together for better, for worse, in sadness and in joy, they've likely supported each other while raising kids, pursuing careers, and taking on life's numerous challenges. It's hard for us to picture these longtime spouses not together. But apparently this perception of stability is all in our minds — statistics show that once a couple gets through the first 10 years of marriage, the likelihood that they will divorce decreases, but it remains relatively the same throughout the rest of the marriage.

In other words, couples like Al and Tipper Gore, who have separated after 40 years of marriage, don't have a better chance of sticking it out than a couple who's been married only one decade. The Gores' reason, which has yet to be credibly questioned, is that they simply grew apart. And that's not such an unbelievable reason. Al and Tipper inevitably have changed since they got married at 22 and 21, and maybe now separation makes sense.

Do you know anyone who divorced after decades of marriage?

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nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 6 years
I don't really care if the gores are getting divorced. I think marriage is something that's better left in your 30s, 40s, and beyond, and not your 20s.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
My Parents divorced after 20 years. It was kind of weird since I was 17. Felt like my whole life was a lie. Those feelings were then though. Not the way I feel now. I can totally see why they should not be together. Not that they ever fought. But they are their "best versions" of themselves now. I have never seen my Dad happier. =)
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