The gray divorce: Why Grandma and Grandpa are splitting up

You would think that after spending decades together, raising their kids, sharing the same bed, talking about life’s little details, married couples would have worked out all of their differences.  But that’s not necessarily the case. We’re seeing more and more couples who older than 50 years old and wanting a divorce. These are casually termed ‘gray divorces.’

Photo by Ambro on

Photo by Ambro on

We all know the staggering statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce, well, 1 in 4 of these marriages are couples over 50 and almost 1 in 10 are couples over 64.  People over the age of 50 are twice as likely to divorce today as the same demographic just 25 years ago.

So why is divorce on the rise for this group?  Like divorces in many younger couples, you might be tempted to say because of too much arguing.  But for grandma and grandpa, that’s not necessarily the case.  What we’re finding out is they just don’t have anything in common anymore.  The kids are all gone, retirement is near, or here, so there is less in their lives to keep them busy, and many just want to be free to explore the world, which they haven’t been able to do because they had to raise kids and work to support the family.

This trend can be partly to blame on the baby boomer’s generation of self-fulfillment.  The boomers are the first generation to enter into marriage with goals that don’t always involve supporting others.  As a generation, boomers have changed the idea of marriage, which just might end up leading to a change in the traditional vows from, ‘til death do us part,’ to ‘til retirement do us part.’

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     Posted on May 16, 2015 at 11:09 am | No comment

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