According to researchers, education appears to be a huge protector against the dissolution of marriage in California and other states. Couples who have only completed high school are about two times more likely to get divorced as college-educated individuals are. However, it appears that people who are above 50 years old are increasingly seeking divorce, whether they are college-educated or not.
A quarter of individuals who are getting divorced in the United States these days are older than 50. Those in this age group today have double the chance of getting divorced as those in the same age group did back in 1990. Part of the reason for this is that older individuals are usually on second and third marriages, and many of these later marriages are thought to be less stable than first marriages are. Still, over half of divorces that occur later in life occur between people who've been married over 20 years.