During the course of one's life, there are bound to be numerous ups and downs and changes. When confronted with adversity, many individuals rely upon a spouse and children to bring a sense of security and balance. However, in some cases, a marriage and household that once provided so much joy and comfort can grow to become a source of angst and unhappiness.
For a couple that has been married and raised children together for 20 or more years, change can be difficult. However, when children are grown and no longer live at home, the prospect of living 25 more years with a spouse that now seems more like an acquaintance may be too much to bear. For a growing number of individuals over the age of 50 who find themselves in this type of situation, divorce is a viable option.