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Why gray divorce is on the rise 

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2024 | Divorce |

As a whole, divorce rates have declined in recent years. However, there is one exception- gray divorces. Gray divorce involves couples over the age of 50. 

There are several reasons why gray divorce is bucking current trends, and these are discussed in more detail below. 

Less stigma surrounding divorce 

Marriage is supposed to be a lifetime commitment. When many older couples first got married, obtaining a divorce would have only been feasible in extreme circumstances, such as when adultery or abuse had occurred. However, no-fault divorce has now been legalized in every state. With this, the stigma around divorce has largely shifted. Older couples no longer feel forced to stay in an unhappy relationship.  

Empty nest syndrome 

It is widely agreed that it is in the best interests of the children for both parents to play an active role in their upbringing. However, traditionally, this has been taken very literally. Couples may have forced themselves to stay together for the children, despite being in an unhappy romantic relationship. All children eventually grow up and spread their wings, move out of the family home and so on. This leaves behind an empty nest. At this point, couples are forced to assess the problems in their relationship. Sometimes, these issues are unable to be resolved. Empty nest syndrome occurs when the dynamic of the family home changes significantly, with no one else around other than the married couple. 

If you’re facing divorce or other family law issues, then it is essential to gather as much legal information as possible. Being armed with knowledge will significantly help to protect your rights.