Gray Divorce: What We Lose and Gain from Mid-Life Splits

An Intellectually Stimulating Evening with the Author of Gray Divorce: What We Lose and Gain from Mid-Life Splits by Dr. Jocelyn Elise Crowley

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Did you know that one out of every four divorces in the United States is a Gray Divorce? So then, what is a gray divorce?  It is when one partner in a couple is 50 or over and decides to leave his/her partner. These splits typically take place 20, 30 or even 40 years after being married and after living a lifetime of shared experiences. Sadly, the numbers for this type of divorce are only expected to rise.

Dr. Jocelyn Elise Crowley, an author and professor of public policy at Rutgers University, wanted to know why this was happening to couples and what, if anything, could be done about it.

In her new book, Gray Divorce: What We Lose and Gain from Mid-Life Splits, which made its debut in January (published by University of California Press), the author explores some of the reasons behind this disheartening trend.

Her research includes interviews with 40 men and 40 women over a period of a few years. She asked them a range of tough questions in order to gain proper insight into this phenomenon.

She asked questions like:

Why did they get divorced?

How did their social relationships change?

And how were their finances affected by this late-life split?

Some of the responses were surprising, especially since it happened during this late phase of their lives.

I will be interviewing Dr. Crowley in more depth while she explores this topic at the 92nd Street Y on February 5th at 7:00. She will also be signing and selling her book at this event. To meet the author in person, you can buy tickets for this evening by clicking the following link for more details.

Dr. Crowley will also be joining me as my special guest on Talking Live with Dr. Robi Ludwig at Star Shop Studios on Thursday, February 1st at 12:00 P.M. where we will delve further into this intriguing topic. Hopefully, you’ll be able to join us then as well. The link for Talking Live with Dr. Robi Ludwig is:

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