Those who stayed married due to religious beliefs or, fear of societal shunning are feeling free to leave a marriage.

Dan, who is ending his marriage of 32 years explained it to me this way.

“Only time can make one understand life and relationships better. Though it took me a long time to realize this, I am definitely different today than in 1985. It may be a parallel path, but the differences are enough that my marriage is very stressful to me at times.

Last week my sister and Brother-in-law celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.

It was a happy celebration but one that didn’t mean their marriage would make it to 40 years.

If that means leaving a long-term marriage of 30 or 35 years so be it.

A person of 50 or 60 who is experiencing an unhappy marriage, in this day and age, has no problem letting go of that turmoil in search of a happier more authentic life.I used to believe that if a couple could make it through the first few tumultuous years of marriage that the odds were in their favor.With the rise in gray divorce rates, that is no longer true. Below are 6 reasons long-term marriages end in divorce.1.Infidelity: Infidelity is as old as marriage and it doesn’t matter how old a person becomes they still have sexual needs. When intimacy becomes stale or lacking in a marriage, one spouse may look outside the marriage for the opportunity to rediscover the pleasures of something that has been missing…their sexuality.Society puts an emphasis on personal happiness and fulfillment and not just for those still wet behind the ears.