By some measures, a trend only officially becomes a trend after a term has been coined and widely used to describe it. With this in mind, there is little doubt that “gray divorce” is a trend in the United States.
Although it seems somewhat self-explanatory, a definition may be in order. Generally, gray divorce describes the dissolution of a marriage in which one or both spouses is over the age of 50. Gray divorce can apply to second and third marriages, but the trend that sociologists often refer to is divorce that happens after decades-long first marriages.