"The divorce rate today -- 3.6 divorces per one thousand couples per year -- is at its lowest level since 1970...For marriages that occurred in the 1950s through the 1970s, the figures clearly show that the probability of divorce before each anniversary rose for each successive marriage cohort.
And perhaps, said Stephanie Coontz, a historian who teaches family studies at Evergreen State College, these younger, more selective couples won’t pour all their time and energy into work and their kids, as Baby Boomers did, but save some time for each other.
So when the time inevitably comes when work is over and the kids are gone, they won’t find themselves staring across a silent dinner table at a stranger.
“And after you’ve launched your children and retire, people may realize, ‘Boy, we don’t have much in common, and I could live another 20 years.’ That’s a long time to live with someone you may not be that into anymore.” In other words, fewer older people are willing to put up with an Irish Divorce anymore. Brown has also written about rising cohabitation rates among older Americans, and a boom in older American online dating sites for singles.
For those in good health and with financial resources, a gray divorce may mean an era of freedom and independence, Brown said.
And, like most women at the time, a legal divorce would have left my great-grandmother, who had spent her life raising children and caring for a home, penniless.
Today, not only is Pope Francis meeting this month with bishops from around the world at the Vatican to reassess and potentially soften the Catholic church’s position on divorce and annulment, but new research being released on Wednesday shows that Irish Divorce has become a thing of the past.Especially if they’re not able to afford the level of care that others with more economic resources have?” Gray divorce is not solely an American phenomenon.“It’s not as if marital quality has suddenly declined.Instead, I think we have higher expectations now for what constitutes a successful marriage.By the time my great-grandparents hit retirement age, my great-grandmother was living with one daughter. In their era, as Irish Catholics, divorce was not only a social stigma, but a moral sin.