New Jersey residents born between 1946 and 1964 are part of the baby boomer generation. Cultural landmarks of this generation include a passion for rock and roll, slogans about making love not war and an overall free-spirited energy that influenced young adults through the 1960s and 70s. Now that baby boomers are ages 54 and beyond, they have added another common factor to their life experiences: divorce.

The divorce rate among baby boomers has more than doubled in the past 20 years. While every situation is unique, many older couples cite similar reasons for deciding to end a marriage. Infidelity, financial disputes and spouses feeling as though they no longer have anything in common are some of the most frequent reasons given.

When spouses end a marriage after being together for 30 years or more, their decision often affects many other people, such as adult children, grandchildren or even friends they’ve known throughout their married life. Current data shows that the fact that divorce became more socially acceptable as boomers entered adulthood may have placed their marriages at greater risk than previous generations, for those who divorce and remarry often divorce again. Studies also show that when spouses have friends who end their marriages later in life, they are more likely to do the same.

Marriage longevity often adds to the complexity of gray divorce, as spouses must negotiate complicated issues involving retirement benefits, taxes, investment or business assets and more. It’s always a good idea to consult with a New Jersey family law attorney before heading to court. The guidance and support an attorney can offer may help keep emotional and financial stress to a minimum.