The Gray Divorce Revolution

The Gray Divorce Revolution

Divorce Money MattersResearch from the last two decades shows that divorce overall is on the decline, except for those among the baby-boomers generation.  This trend has been dubbed, “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” by two sociologists from Bowling Green University who have estimated that the divorce rate for people 50 and older has doubled in the last 20 years.

Susan Brown is the co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University and the co-author of the paper, “The Gray Divorce Revolution.”  She was recently interviewed on NPR radio about their findings.

Their research points to several factors for this phenomenon which is summarized as:

  • One of the most important factors the report points to are what they term, “the marital biography.”  Because baby-boomers came of age during the 1970’s and early 1980’s they may have experienced divorce themselves or witnessed it among family and friends.  Many of those who did divorce have since remarried which is another factor in divorce; subsequent marriages are more at risk for divorce again.
  • Societal mores have changed and acceptance of divorce has grown as more couples have gone down that path.
  • Simultaneously we have encountered the weakening of marriage as a lifelong institution while individuals look for more self-fulfillment and happiness and are not willing to settle for less than what they truly desire in their mate or in their marriage. You can continue reading here…


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