Cover image for Gray divorce : what we lose and gain from mid-life splits / Jocelyn Elise Crowley.
Title:
Gray divorce : what we lose and gain from mid-life splits / Jocelyn Elise Crowley.
ISBN:
9780520295315

9780520295322
Publication Information:
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
x, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents:
The coming tidal wave of gray divorce -- Before the gray divorce -- Shortchanged : the economic gray divorce penalty -- People who need people : the social gray divorce penalty -- Moving forward personally -- Moving forward publicly -- Data appendix.
Abstract:
"After twenty, thirty, or even forty years of marriage, countless vacations together, raising well-adjusted children, and sharing property and finances--what could go wrong? Gray Divorce offers a provocative look at the growing rate of marital splits after the age of 50, showcasing the voices of men and women who are considering, going through, or have undergone one. With empathy and insight, Jocelyn Crowley, who has written widely on family issues, uncovers the reasons for why men and women divorce--and the penalties and benefits that each pay for their choice. From the outside, many may ask why couples in mid-life and readying for retirement choose to make a drastic change in their marital status. Yet nearly 1 out of every 4 divorces is "gray." Crowley sheds light on why divorce occurs--seeing marriage in a different lens, understanding the seismic shift in individual priorities, and the impact of the increase in life expectancy. With a deft eye, she analyzes the experiences of women and men as they go through this life transition--specifically how women are affected economically while men are affected socially. With a realistic yet passionate voice, Crowley shares the personal positive outlooks and the necessary supportive public policies that must take place to best help new divorcees. Engaging and instructive, Gray Divorce is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary American culture"--Provided by publisher.
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After 20, 30, or even 40 years of marriage, countless vacations, raising well-adjusted children, and sharing property and finances, what could go wrong?

Gray Divorce is a provocative look at the rising rate of marital splits after the age of 50. Renowned author and researcher Jocelyn Elise Crowley uncovers the reasons why men and women divorce--and the penalties and benefits that they receive for their choices. From the outside, many may ask why couples in mid-life and readying for retirement choose to make a drastic change in their marital status. Yet, nearly one out of every four divorces in the United States is "gray." With a deft eye, Crowley analyzes the differing experiences of women and men in this mid-life transition--the seismic shift in individual priorities, the role of increased life expectancy, and how women are affected economically while men are affected socially. With a realistic yet passionate voice, Crowley shares the personal positive outlooks and the necessary supportive public policies that must be enacted to best help the newly divorced. Engaging and instructive, Gray Divorce is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary American culture.


Author Notes

Jocelyn Elise Crowley is Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is the author of The Politics of Child Support in America , Defiant Dads: Fathers' Rights Activists in America, and Mothers Unite! Organizing for Workplace Flexibility and the Transformation of Family Life .


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According to U.S. census statistics, divorce over the age of 50 is on the rise. -Crowley (public policy, Rutgers Univ.; Mothers Unite!) asserts that the main causes of this phenomenon are the movement of achieving one's personal goals and a dramatic growth in life expectancy. The author analyzes the "whys" and prevalent life outcomes of partners before and after the relationship ends. In general, the downsides are economic for women and social for men, but the positives for both were independence and freedom. Crowley's guidance steers readers toward an empathetic understanding of older divorcing couples as well as ways to support these individuals in their new lives. VERDICT Recommended. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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