E53: Why Couldn’t They Just Stay Together with Carol Hughes


According to recent news articles, gray divorce rates may be increasing in the aftermath of Covid-19. And as you may have already seen, even Melinda and Bill Gates just announced that they are calling it quits after 27 years of marriage. So, why are gray divorces spiking while divorces among young people are plummeting – and how does this affect the adult children who never thought their older parents would split?

@dr.carol.hughes is a veteran marriage and family therapist and author of Home Will Never Be the Same Again: A Guide for Adult Children of Gray Divorce (a Rowman and Littlefield paperback).

Hughes shines light on this complicated topic.

– Bill and Melinda Gates have been married for twenty-seven years. Many of us wonder “why can’t they just work it out after all this time.” What might we be missing?
– Why are increasing numbers of older Americans getting divorced?
– Has Covid-19 played a role in the growing number of gray divorces?
– The Gates’ divorce is a shock for all of us, but how might it affect their adult children?

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