At first, Kathy, 53 years old, spoke to me calmly, but as the minutes ticked away, her voice started to crack. Her husband had a long-standing problem with alcohol. The couple, married for more than 25 years, had one son, and tried to keep the marriage together by seeing a therapist. But there came a decisive moment when she could no longer keep the relationship going. She told me: “I discovered a hotel receipt and went and counseled with our priest at that point. [The hotel receipt] was for the Oriental Fantasy suite at [this hotel] at 11 o’clock on a Tuesday morning and I’m quite certain I wasn’t there at the time.” At that point, she knew that her marriage was over.
Kathy experienced a mid-life or what is also known as a “gray divorce.” A gray divorce is simply a divorce that occurs at or after the age of 50. Even though the divorce rate across all age groups has stabilized, the number of gray divorces in the United States has recently dramatically increased. Currently, about one out of every four divorces is gray.
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