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That ‘new’ feeling gray divorcées are chasing is fleeting. At some point, they will wind up in the same spot they were in with their exes.

This article first appeared on the author’s website, and is republished with permission.

Suzanne Venker is a marriage and relationship coach and host of the Suzanne Venker Show. Her new book, “How to Get Hitched (and Stay Hitched): A 12-Step Program for Marriage-Minded Women,” which is available now for preorder, will be published August 31, 2021.

Suzanne VenkerFirst, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos. Now, Bill and Melinda Gates. Divorce among middle-aged adults is so popular these days there’s a term for it: gray divorce, or married couples who break up in the second half of life. Gray divorce doubled between 1990 and 2012 and is largely a Baby Boomer phenomenon.

It’s not one their children would like to repeat. Indeed, researcher Susan L. Brown found that younger Americans are far less accepting of divorce than the previous generation. “Nearly two-thirds [of adults over age 50] agree that divorce is the best solution when couples can’t work out their marriage problems versus fewer than half among younger adults.” …

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