What is Gray Divorce?
Recent studies show about half of all marriages end in divorce. It is a sobering statistic for anyone about to walk down the aisle. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessarily the young who are getting the most divorces. More college educated couples are staying married overall. Instead, divorce is hitting an older generation and the term for the phenomenon is called gray divorce. Divorce is on the rise for "gray haired" couples. Divorce is becoming a popular life option for couples over the age of fifty. The term was coined for the couple who have been married for many years, raised a family, heading towards retirement and are now getting a divorce. The rates of divorce in this segment of the population keep ticking upward. Fifty years ago, only 2.8% of Americans over 50 were divorced, today about 15% of couples in this age group divorce. About one in every four divorces are occurring among couples over the age of fifty.