Over the past 20 years, divorce among people over 50, has doubled, according to researchers at Bowling Green State University. TODAY reported about the “gray divorce” phenomenon on June 8th, 2012.

Sociologists expect the numbers of divorces in this age group to continue to rise. Gray divorces may be rising because of changing cultural norms. Divorces are more accepted now than they were decades ago. Also, this may be compounded by the fact that the United States has one of the highest divorce rates in the world. Within the 50 and older divorced population, it was women, more often  than men, who initiated the divorce. The members of that age group are expected to live longer than ever and want “emotional well being,” according to the article’s author, a New York psychotherapist.

As mentioned, divorces decades ago are different from the divorce of the twenty-first century. The author of the TODAY article, explains in the1950s and 1960s, divorces ended marriages when the husband and wife did not “perform their roles” in a marriage. However, beginning in the 1970s, divorces were sought when there was not “the notion of self-fulfillment and personal happiness in a marriage.”

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