Breaking news: Census Bureau finds that the number of "grey divorces" are on the rise

Divorce rates among the “grey set” continues to climb
Filed in divorce news: A press release by posits that divorce rates among couples married twenty years or more is on the rise. They proffer a number of possible explanations for this trend. Here’s an excerpt from the news release:

According to Census Bureau data, about a quarter of couples who recently divorced were married over 20 years. The trend seemed to begin about 10 years ago and is continuing to grow. For couples who said their “I Dos” between 1955 and 1984, there has been a 20 percent drop in those marriages reaching their 20th anniversary. This has occurred despite an overall decline in divorces in recent years.
Most people tend to think couples who have been together for decades have everything figured out and will be life-long partners. So what causes these long-term unions to fall apart? There are a variety of factors that may contribute to partners choosing to separate after spending a good portion of their lives together.
Factors Contributing to the Rise in Later Life Divorce
– Longer life expectancies
– Growing acceptance of divorce in society
– Women being more financially independent
– Parents being less concerned about the impact of divorce on older children [more]

What do you think about this news? Is it alarming? Or is divorce among seniors the least of society’s problems at this point?