“I was really angry when my parents got divorced,” Dina tells us. Her parents split up in their fifties after 25 years of marriage and when Dina was in college. “If I could go back in time and choose, then I would 100 percent want them to split up when I was 5 years old instead.” Even though Dina was technically an adult when her parents called it quits, she says that the timing of the divorce really affected her.
“If they had split up when I was younger, would all of that resentment that they had towards each other have had time to develop? Probably not. I think if they’d just gotten divorced earlier then it would have led to a much more peaceful rest of our lives, for all of us,” she adds.
Dina is part of a growing population of adult children dealing with their older parents’ divorce. Because although the overall rate of divorce in the United States has declined over the last 20 years, the divorce rate for people over 50 is actually on the up. Dubbed “gray divorce,” the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau reveals that the divorce rate has doubled for Americans over 50, and tripled for those over 65.