And diving back into the pool after years of being in a relationship? Even more difficult. Why a year marriage is the 'new normal'. After 17 years of marriage, Sackville found herself thrown into a dating scene that was dramatically different to what she was used to.
Dating at Midlife
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So suffice it to say when I found myself divorced and suddenly single at midlife in the modern age, I was a little weirded out. When I first created an online dating profile, my now ex-husband and I had filed the divorce paperwork and were just waiting for it to be official. Because we live in New York City, we were still living in the same house, amicably hatching out arrangements for friends to buy the place. So I sat at our kitchen table, the one we designed together and had custom-built, and there—with what felt like one foot in my past and one in my future—uploaded photos and filled out the little boxes on a dating website, answering questions about who I was and what I was looking for in a man. Then there was the guy who spent the first 30 minutes of our date crying over his ex-wife. The guy who spent the first 20 minutes of our date screaming into his cell phone at his ex-wife. The one who spent the first 30 minutes crying over his ex-wife.
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When you consider how many marriages end in divorce, it's not surprising that by your middle-age years you know a lot of people who are either looking for love, actively dating, deciding to live life without a partner or are on their second, third or even fourth marriages. Maybe you're even one of them. CNN reports that although divorce rates have stabilized over the past several decades for the general population, they've risen among baby boomers. According to a study by Bowling Green State University, divorce rate among couples over 50 more than doubled in the last two decades. In , fewer than one in 10 people who divorced was 50 or older; by , it was more than one in four.
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