In the past, divorce for older couples was seen as something that just wasn't done in Pennsylvania. After all, after spending a large amount of time with each other in marriage, many couples grew comfortable in their relationship and didn't want to end it, even if they were unhappy in their marriage. Most older couples who filed for divorce 20 years ago did it for reasons of infidelity or abuse.
Divorce rates are growing among baby boomers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere as more people are reaching the ages of 50 and older. For this demographic group, the rate of divorce has doubled in the last two decades, despite a general decline in national divorce rates since the 1980's. Additionally, many of these individuals are not new to the divorce process, and have seen at least one other divorce in their lives.