Gray divorce occurs when couples over 50 decide to end their marriage, and this trend has been on the rise in recent years. Even celebrities, who already have a high rate of divorce, are getting in on this pattern of divorcing later in life. Take a look at some of the most recent and shocking divorces among older celebrities.
1. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
This couple has been together for longer than most people can remember, as they got married 30 years ago. There is no official word on the reason for the breakup, though some claim DeVito has been interested in seeing other women. Either way, this recent divorce, which was announced in October, has surprised many fans.
2. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
This couple barely qualifies for the term gray divorce since they are each just over 50 years old, but they did have a long marriage that lasted almost 30 years. During that time, they had 7 kids before officially ending the marriage in April 2009. But it took until the end of 2011 for it to be final.
3. Myrna Colley-Lee and Morgan Freeman
It's been years since this couple's divorce, as they separated in July 2008 after 24 years together. The divorce was final by 2010, though Freeman had apparently moved on before that since he was seen with other women shortly after announcing the divorce in 2008.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
Many people saw this breakup coming after they heard the news that Schwarzenegger had had an affair with a woman who had worked for the family. The affair occurred decades ago and produced a son, which was news Schwarzenegger hid from his wife for years. The two had been together for 25 years and have four kids. Though the couple did file for divorce in 2011, they may be trying to work it out with marriage counseling.
5. Marsha Garces and Robin Williams
Like many celebrities, Robin Williams is no stranger to divorce since he left his previous wife for Marsha. However, his second wife filed for divorce from him in 2008 after a marriage that lasted about 19 years. The divorce was final in 2010, and the couple has two kids together.
If you are considering divorce after age 50, you are clearly not alone. This type of divorce has increased due to the fact that people are living longer, divorce is more accepted now, and women are making more money than they used to. This means couples who wanted to divorce decades ago finally feel comfortable doing so now. If this describes you, and you do not want to work on your marriage anymore, you need a divorce lawyer. At Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C., we have experience helping people of all ages leave their spouse, so call us today for assistance.