Marriage and divorce on the increase for the 65 and overs

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On 18 July 2017, the Office of National Statistics [‘ONS’] published a marriage data survey reporting a distinct increase in marriages and divorces for those aged 65 years and over.

The ONS has reported that from 2004 to 2014, the number of people who got married at aged 65 and over increased by 46%.They went on to report, that for the period of 2005 to 2015, the number of men divorcing aged 65 years and over went up by 23%. The number of women within the same age group divorcing increased by 38%.

The ONS attribute this increase in marriages and divorces for the over 65s to the fact that people are living longer and are more likely to be equipped to deal with the financial consequences of a divorce.They also reference that the 65 and overs are ‘catching up with the younger people in their use of the internet- perhaps trying out online dating?’

As we live longer and people continue to strive to live their lives to the fullest, it is perhaps not surprising that we are experiencing an increase in marriages and divorces for older couples in our society.In either situation, expert advice from a specialist Family lawyer is imperative.If you need advice or assistance then please contact, Partner and Head of Divorce and Family Law, Tracey Dargan.

Please note the contents of this blog are given for information only and must not be relied upon. Legal advice should always be sought in relation to specific circumstances.