October 21, 2016 08:30
Nearly one-third of divorces are now between couples who have been together at least two decades.
According to Supreme Court annals, 32,626 couples who had been together for more than 20 years divorced last year, accounting for 30 percent of total divorced couples.
The divorce rate among mature couples passed 20 percent in 2007, and in 2012 their divorce rate overtook that among couples who had been married less than four years.
Children say that they respect their parents' decision but have to care a lot more things.
A 33-year-old office worker said, "My father has remarried so my wife has three parents-in-law, my father and stepmother and my own mother. I agreed with my parents' decision to divorce, but there are a lot more things to deal with, and I have to spend double the time and money taking care of them."
Although the divorce rate is growing, people still have negative perceptions of divorced people. Some couples delay their divorce until their children get married, worrying that their divorce will somehow disadvantage their children.
Many older divorced couples have a tough time staying friends and instead cut off all contact except inevitable family gatherings.
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