Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Gray Divorces

From the Indiana Lawyer:

It’s a social phenomenon that is catching people by surprise — a sharp increase in the number of “gray divorces,” or divorces among couples who are 50 or older.

Among the baby boom generation, the divorce rate has doubled since the 1990s. In 2015, up to 10 out of every 1,000 people over the age of 50 divorced, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. Though these rates are still lower than those of younger generations, it is the increase in the number of divorces, not the actual divorce rate, that is generating interest among family law attorneys and experts. From a social perspective, Indiana divorce attorneys say the reasons older couples seek divorces may be similar to reasons earlier in life: a lack of common interests, a loss of deep connection or an experience of “growing apart.” Yet in a modern world that views marriage differently than it did 50 years ago, some baby boomers are beginning to realize they want to explore their own interests and are choosing to strike out on their own to check items off of their bucket lists.

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