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The Silver Rebellion

The Silver Rebellion

The Silver Rebellion: Marriage and divorce on the increase for those aged 65 and over

The Office of National Statistics [‘ONS’] has 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%.

So, what are the reasons for this trend in people wanting to start again later in life?

  • 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?’
  • Children also seem to play a part in this trend.  In my experience, many couples will stay together until their children have flown the nest and then look to start a new life.   

Things to consider

(i) Counselling

It may be that with the help of a counsellor you can work through your problems and save the marriage.  Remember the grass is not always greener! 

If you do reach the conclusion that the marriage is at an end then a counsellor will be able to help you put aside your emotions so that you are better placed to deal with the practicalities of your divorce

(ii) Instruct a good family lawyer

A good family lawyer will be empathetic, provide clear and concise advice, and be accessible, efficient and pragmatic. Having the right family lawyer on board can make a significant difference to your experience, the cost and outcome.

               (iii) Pre-Nuptial Contract [‘Pre-Nup’]

If you are considering getting married, then think Pre-Nup!  Although Pre-Nups are not currently legally binding, they can significantly influence a financial settlement awarded on divorce. If you have already married then you can enter into the same type of agreement, albeit that it is called a Post-Nup.


If you need advice or assistance regarding a family law matter then please contact our 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. 

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