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Online dating for seniors is on the rise

As medical advancements increase the average lifespan and the number of gray divorces rises, it should come as no surprise that the online dating opportunities for seniors have expanded.

In fact, the Pew Research Center found that the number of online dating users between the ages of 55 and 64 doubled from six to 12 percent between 2013 and 2015. The research group also conducted studies showing that the divorce rate for those who are 50 years and older has doubled since the 1990's.

Divorcing seniors don't want to spend their retirement years in an unhappy marriage - and today, they don't have to.

Dating opportunities

Despite the persistent reputation that seniors resisting technology, many seniors and almost seniors have grown accustomed to using computers over the years at work and home. For those who are single today, online dating offers a better chance at romance than seniors may have had in the past.

The following dating sites/applications are designed for older users:

Resources for elder singles are also now available on the internet. There are also a number of articles dolling out tips to both men and women dating over 50.

Getting a gray divorce

While getting divorced is never easy, gray divorce may carry additional challenges when dealing with issues, such as spousal support payments, the division of property and Social Security collection.

If you or a loved one are separated or considering a gray divorce, it's normal to be frightened of legal complexities, your financial stability and finding companionship. Talk to an attorney about the details of your situation to gain legal advice on the implication of a divorce.

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