First Things First: Are you gray and at risk for divorce?

Julie Baumgardner

If you are over age 50 and have been married for 30 years or more, the latest headlines might have you wondering if your marriage is in trouble and you don't even know it.

Articles from Pew Research Center, the Wall Street Journal and other publications with titles like "Led by Baby Boomers, Divorce Rates Climb for America's 50+ Population" and "The Divorce Rate Is at a 40-Year-Low, Unless You're 55 or Older" seem to be painting a grim picture. Should people be worried?

Professors Naomi Cahn at the George Washington University Law School and June Carbone at the University of Minnesota Law School, looked at the latest research on this topic. They say the divorce rate is still not all that high for those over age 50.

In 1990, five out of every 1,000 married people divorced.