Divorce at 50 and Beyond

Current social science literature reports in a phenomenon labeled “grey divorce” a significant increase in divorces among couples age 50 and older. During the last two decades the divorce rate has remained basically stable for the general population. In 2010, however the rate for those 50 and above was more than 2.5 times the comparable rate in 1990. In other words in 1990 roughly 1 in 10 people 50 and older were divorced; in 2010 that ratio was one in four.[1]   The importance of this trend is even more significant given that about half of the married population is now over 50.

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