Who is at Risk for a Gray Divorce? It Depends
Recent headlines about increasing gray divorce are scary, including headlines like this one from the Pew Research Center, “Led by Baby Boomers, divorce rates climb for America’s 50+ population,” or this one, “'Gray divorce' affects millennials as parents split,” or this one, “Surviving Divorce after 50.” But what’s really behind the so-called gray divorce phenomenon? For the two of us, this is a personal issue. We’ve each been married for more than 30 years, and we are each (gulp!) over the age of 50, with college-age or older children. As we contemplate our empty nests and these reports, it is natural to wonder: Are our marriages in trouble? What is our own risk of divorce?