Marriage and divorce in later life

Tianyuan LI

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Marriage is defined as the legally recognized union of two people as partners of each other in an intimate relationship, while divorce is defined as the legal dissolution of a marriage. Marriage is one of the important relationships in human adulthood. Spouses in long-term marriages have accompanied each other for decades and have a strong influence on each other’s lives. This entry considers changes in marital quality across adulthood, the characteristics and special challenges for marriage in later life, and the influence of divorce on the lives of older adults. Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of geropsychology
EditorsNancy A. PACHANA
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISBN (Electronic)9789812870827
ISBN (Print)9789812870810, 9789812870834
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Li, T. (2017). Marriage and divorce in later life. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (Vol. 2, pp. 1447-1453). Singapore: Springer.


  • Intimate relationship
  • Late adulthood
  • Legal separation
  • Marital relationship
  • Older adults
  • Spouse


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