Common Causes of Gray Divorce

Common Causes of Gray DivorceThe divorce rate in the U.S. peaked in the 1980s and has been on a steady decline ever since. Although the overall divorce rate is on the decline, the divorce rate among older adults has more than doubled over the last several decades. In fact, it is estimated that one in four divorces occur among married couples that are 50 years of age or older. Why are couples deciding to call it quits later in life? Here are some of the common causes of gray divorce:

Wider Acceptance of Divorce

Many older adults grew up during a time where divorce was frowned upon. But now, the times have changed and divorce is widely accepted. Older adults no longer fear that they will be ostracized for ending their marriage, which is why many of them feel empowered to call it quits.

Longer Lives

The average life expectancy has steadily increased over the years. As a result, most adults who are over the age of 50 no longer feel like their life is slowly winding down and coming to an end. Instead, many of them feel like they have a lot of life left to live, and they want to enjoy every minute of it. Experts believe that this desire to live a full and happy life could be behind the rise in gray divorce. Older adults who are in an unhappy marriage may realize that they still have years left in their life, and they don’t want to spend it with someone that does not fulfill them.


It’s normal to start to grow bored with someone after spending decades together, and sadly, this is what happens to many married couples who are over the age of 50. Many people who file for divorce later in life have simply become bored with their routine and are eager to add some excitement to their lives.

Stay Together For the Kids

Research has shown that it is not always best to stay in an unhappy marriage for the sake of the children, but many married couples do it anyways. The couples that have stayed together for their kids could decide to call it quits once their children have left the home for good. These couples often feel like their job as parents is over, and now it’s time to focus on their own happiness.

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