Gray Divorce

After twenty, thirty, or even forty years of marriage, countless vacations together, raising well-adjusted children, and sharing property and finances—what could go wrong?

Gray Divorce is a provocative look at the growing rate of marital splits after the age of 50. Renowned author and researcher Jocelyn Elise Crowley uncovers the reasons why men and women divorce—and the penalties and benefits that they receive for their choices. From the outside, many may ask why couples in mid-life and readying for retirement choose to make a drastic change in their marital status. Yet, nearly 1 out of every 4 divorces is “gray.” With a deft eye, Crowley analyzes the differing experiences of women and men in this mid-life transition— understanding the seismic shift in individual priorities, the role of increased life expectancy, and how women are affected economically while men are affected socially. With a realistic yet passionate voice, Crowley shares the personal positive outlooks and the necessary supportive public policies that must take place to best help the newly divorced. Engaging and instructive, Gray Divorce is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary American culture.

Upcoming Events and Media Coverage

April 3, 2018

Dr. Crowley will speaking about gray divorce with Dr. Carl Van Horn at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey on April 3, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. Register Here

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Recent Media Coverage!

Dr. Robi Ludwig hosted Dr. Crowley on her Talking Live show from Times Square on  March 5, 2018.  Here Dr. Crowley talks about her own personal losses, and how they shaped her book, Gray Divorce. Watch here.

Gray Divorce is the topic of conversation on The Patricia Raskin Show ( You can listen to Dr. Crowley's segment here.

Dr. Crowley appeared on the Imus in the Morning Program on February 20, 2018. Listen here!

Dr. Crowley talks to Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes on Good Day New York on February 19, 2018. Watch here!

Dr. Jocelyn Elise Crowley signed copies of her book after speaking at NYC's 92nd Street Y on February 5, 2018. Thank you!

Dr. Crowley talks about her career at Rutgers in Central New Jersey and her book with Erica Lamberg in The Courier News and The Home News Tribune.

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University profiles Dr. Crowley's work on gray divorce.

Listen to Dr. Crowley's interview on Fox News Radio from 1/23/18