Gray divorce is a term referring to the demographic trend of an increasing divorce rate for older couples in long-lasting marriages.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a quarter of all divorces in 2007 were couples who have been married for 20 years or more.
Ron Ousky, a Minnesota-based attorney and mediator said, older couples are less resentful in terms of splitting up compared to the younger ones. In his observation, older couples whose children are no longer living with them often wonder what they still have in common.
For some couples, the divorce is “largely just kind of a disaffection.”
Nowadays, women are the ones filing for divorce than men. Gone are the religious and societal taboos that surrounded divorce. Additionally, women now are more financially independent than their previous generations. That is why these factors make it easier for longtime couples to split.
Bab Mclagan, a woman from Minneapolis, is now getting a divorce after 36 years of marriage. She found out that her husband was cheating on her among other reasons, and that made her decide to end up their marriage.
She added that they just got disconnected after years of marriage. As she focused on their kids, her husband couldn’t figure out what his role was anymore.
Minneapolis divorce attorney Jane Binder says, although women now are the ones filing for divorce, it doesn’t really mean they are the ones initiating the divorce. Basically they are just disheartened by the whole problem and they might be taking action only because their husbands do not.
Stephanie Coontz, author of “Marriage: A History” says, women of certain age, especially the ones who have been through divorce are less reluctant in remarrying than men. They may find someone else but do not want to entangle themselves in another marriage.
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