Couples Over 50: Gray Divorces On The Upswing
I have noticed a clear increase in the number of divorces involving older couples. So too has the New York Times.
A half-century ago, only 2.8 percent of Americans older than 50 were divorced. By 2000, 11.8 percent were. In 2011, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 15.4 percent were divorced and another 2.1 percent were separated. Some 13.5 percent were widowed.
According to the Times article written by Sam Roberts this trend is attributable to several factors, including societal acceptance of divorce, the increased economic autonomy of women, and lengthening life expectancies that decrease the likelihood that marriages will end through death and increase the length of exposure to the risk of divorce.