Magazine article Work & Family Life

The 'Gray' Divorce: Splitting Up Later in Life

Magazine article Work & Family Life

The 'Gray' Divorce: Splitting Up Later in Life

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These days more married couples are splitting up late in life (it's called "silver" or "gray" divorce), and it's become more acceptable to do so, according to the National Center for Marriage and Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. People 50 and older were twice as likely to go through a divorce in 2014 than in 1990.

But why? Here are some of the explanations:

life expectancy. We're living longer. "Let's say you're 50 or 60. You could go 30 more years," says Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Washington. "A lot of marriages are no longer satisfying or loving. They may not be ugly, but you say, 'Do I really want 30 more years of this?'"

status of women. After age 40, women initiate about evac' cording to the AARP. Their husbands may not be thrilled with the marriage either, but they are less likely to rock the boat. "Women have been liberated, empowered, moved around, know how to get what they want," says Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, who runs a gender consulting firm in London. Her marriage broke up five years ago when she was 49. …

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