The Forgotten Victims of Gray Divorce: The Effects on Adult Children with Therapists and Authors, Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg

In this episode, Susan Guthrie speaks with Therapists, Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg, authors of “Home Will Never Be the Same Again: A Guide for Adult Children of Gray Divorce,” about the effects of parental divorce on adult children, and how the negative repurcussions can be minimized.

It is no secret that gray divorce is on the rise world-wide.  In fact, divorce among those who have been married for 30 years or more or who are divorcing later in life, is one of the largest segments of those who are divorcing today.  Much has been written about the unique difficulties faced by those who divorce close to or during retirement and after long-term marriages, but there is a forgotten segment of people who are deeply impacted by the divorce – the adult children whose parents are going through a gray divorce.

Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg, both family therapists, collaborative professionals and mediators, have done a deep dive into this topic with years of personal experience with patients and families as well as a great deal of research which they have distilled into a ground-breaking new book, “Home Will Never Be the Same Again: A Guide for Adult Children of Gray Divorce.”  It is easy to believe that children who are adults, perhaps with families of their own, will have little to no impact when their parents divorce but the reverse is actually true.  Carol and Bruce provide guidance for parents, children and even therapists in their book and this episode provides insights and tips into this growing paradigm!

To enter to win one of 5 FREE Audible copies of the book, please send an email to Carol Hughes at and mention “Divorce & Beyond!”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *