America is in the throes of a grey divorce revolution as married couples over the age of 50 split up in unprecedented1 numbers.
Although the overall national divorce rate has been creeping downwards2 since the 1980s, the divorce rate among those 50 and over -- so-called "gray divorces" -- has doubled over the last two decades, according to a study released this year by sociologists at Bowling3 Green State University. For those over 65, the rate has tripled. In 2020 one in four American who divorced was 50 or older. In 1990 it was fewer than one in 10.