Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The rise in "gray divorce"

I listen to a fascinating interview with Glenn Sacks on the radio today, talking about the column he co-authored with Jeffrey Leving for the Houston Chronicle called "The Rise in 'Gray Divorce': It's Always Hubby's Fault." It begins:

In both the United States and Japan, divorce among older couples is on the rise. The American Association of Retired Persons detailed the phenomenon among American seniors in a study last year, and Japan’s wave of gray divorce is expected to swell into a deluge, since Japanese women will soon be legally able to claim half of their husbands' retirement pensions.

There are various explanations for the trend but media commentators agree on one thing--when the husband divorces his wife, it’s hubby’s fault. When the wife divorces her husband, well, it’s hubby’s fault too.

You can read the rest here.

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