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Fairfax County seeing rise in ‘gray divorces’

Stevie Wonder, 62, performing at the White House in May. He filed for divorce last week, which would qualify as a “gray divorce.” Little Stevie Wonder is 62. Man, we are old. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

In the four-year period ending in 2010, divorce rates for Fairfax men ages 55 to 64 rose from 9.1 percent of all divorces to 11.8 percent, MacDonald reports. For Fairfax men ages 65 and older, their participation in “gray divorce” rose from 5.2 percent to 6.6 percent of all divorces, statistics compiled by the Arlington law firm of Tully Rinckey show.

“The ‘gray divorce’ trend is highlighting how there is never a point of no return,” attorney H. Eugene Oliver told MacDonald. “There is no longer a stigma attached to divorce for this generation of aging baby boomers, and there is now a dating scene for seniors that didn’t exist even 10 years ago.”

For more on this trend, read MacDonald’s story here.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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