Recent articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and elsewhere have reported on the growing phenomenon of “Gray Divorce”—married people over 50 splitting up after many years of matrimony.
While divorce rates in other segments of the population have gone down since 1981, the incidence of couples splitting up late in life has sharply increased. These breakups represent both personal tragedies and a societal disaster: statistics show that those who divorce after age 50 are three times more likely to take governmental assistance beyond Medicare and Social Security.
The obvious reason for “gray divorce” is the spreading (but damaging) idea that marriage is a purely private matter rather than a necessary public institution; and that its purpose is personal fulfillment rather than building durable family units to benefit children, communities and society at large.
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