It’s been a year since we last talked about the rise of “gray divorce” – the rising divorce rate for older couples in marriages that have lasted a long time. New numbers released since then tell us that the gray divorce trend is definitely not slowing down.
In this issue, we’ll talk about what’s going on.
How many older couples are getting divorced?
Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, reports tell us that the divorce rate among adults 50 and older has doubled since 1990.
Digging deeper into the numbers, we see that for every 1,000 married people 50 and older, 10 are divorced – an increase from 5, which was reported in 1990.
Over the same timeframe, the divorce rate has tripled for those who are 65 and older.
Why are more people over 50 getting divorced?
We’re all different, of course, but there does seem to be commonality in reasons for gray divorce.
One line of thought suggests that Baby Boomers have always had high divorce rates, and this is contributing to the current situation because many have remarried, and second marriages tend to be less stable.
Other reasons for the rise of gray divorce, include:
- Longer life spans
Because we’re living longer, more seniors than ever before are alive. It’s also fairly common for people to seek a “re-boot” after middle-age.
- Boredom has set in
Let’s face it: when you’re with the same person 24/7, boredom can seep into the relationship. It’s only natural for some to become complacent and less attentive to their partner.
- Children returning to the nest
A recent study confirmed that about a third of all millennials are living with their parents. This can put a serious kink in the living situation of a couple who is ready for retirement.
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