No More Captain & Tennille - Boomer Divorces Increasing

After 39 years of marriage, The Captain & Tennille are calling it quits.

Toni Tennille, who’s 73, filed for a divorce from Daryl Dragon, 71, in Arizona Jan. 16. Headlines around the country announcing the news mocked the title of their first hit, “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

But the 1970s Grammy-Award winning duo is not alone in their decision to untie the marital knot after decades of seemingly happy wedded bliss. The divorce rate for people age 50 and older more than doubled from 1990 to 2010.

“We were just floored. We thought older people don’t get divorced,” says Susan Brown, co-director of the National Center for Marriage & Family Research at Bowling Green State University and co-author of the 2013 study, “The Gray Divorce Revolution.” The landmark research revealed the trend.

One in four persons divorcing in 2010 is 50 or older, Brown says, compared to less than one in ten in 1990.

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