Thursday, May 11, 2017
Recent headlines about increasing gray divorces, or divorces among people fifty years old and up, are concerning, so what is behind this phenomenon? A sizable share of these gray divorces are found in couples who have been married for over thirty years, but in fact, divorce risk is not evenly transmitted among those aged fifty and older. And fortunately, the divorce rate for this age cohort is really not all that high. When determining the triggering events for these gray divorces, studies show that consistencies like couples who own property and have increased wealth are more likely to stay married. The studies also showed that gray divorce was more common among those who were remarried than first-time married couples. And even further, perhaps marital quality played a significant part in the likelihood of a gray divorce. Understanding these factors can help assess our chances of getting divorced and lead us to different solutions to help solve the increasing gray divorce rate and its consequences.
See Naomi Cahn & June Carbone, Who Is at Risk for a Gray Divorce? It Depends, Institute for Family Studies, May 1, 2017.