Gray Divorce: Why Are Older People Abandoning Marriage?- Research.

Marriage is supposed to be for better and for worse but the lifespan of most marriages these days, is a function of the number of days couples wake up on the right side of the bed. Marriage is now a social contract where good old values and morals have been thrown to the dogs.

To make things worse, older couples who are supposed to be custodians of roots of a lasting marriage are now leading the way to divorce in what is called, Gray Divorce”.

Read below, the report of recent research findings on gray divorce, written by Rence STEPLER.

“At a time when divorce is becoming less common for younger adults, so-called “gray divorce” is on the rise:

Among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the
divorce rate has
roughly doubled since
the 1990s.
In 2015, for every
1,000 married persons ages 50 and older, 10 divorced – up from five in 1990, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S.
Census Bureau. Among
those ages 65 and older, the divorce rate
has roughly tripled
since 1990, reaching
six people per 1,000
married persons in

While the divorce rate
for adults 50 and older has risen sharply over the past 25 years, it has remained relatively
steady for this age
group since 2008,
when the Census
Bureau began collecting divorce data yearly as part of its American Community Survey.
Still, the divorce rate
for those younger than 50 is about twice as high as it is for adults 50 and older.

And since 1990 the divorce rate has also climbed slightly for adults ages 40 to 49, though not to the extent of those 50
and older.
In 2015, 21 adults ages 40 to 49 divorced per 1,000 married persons
in that age range – up
slightly from 18 in
1990. By contrast, the
divorce rate for adults
ages 25 to 39 has
fallen from 30 persons per 1,000 married persons in 1990 to 24 in 2015. This decline is
attributed at least in
part to younger
generations putting off marriage until later ages. The median age at first marriage for men in 2016 was 29.5, and for women it was 27.4 – up from 26.1 and 23.9, respectively,

in 1990. In addition,
those who do end up
marrying are more
likely to be college-
educated, and research shows that college-educated adults have a lower rate of divorce.


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