Rise in the number of divorces among middle-aged and older couples

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently reported a rise in the number of divorces among couples born in the post-war years between 1946 and 1964. There were a record 15,275 divorces among the ‘silver splitters’, as they have been dubbed in the media, in 2011, compared with 13,554 in 2012 and a comparatively small 8,700 in 1991.

The ONS says: ‘This means that even with a small chance of divorce during each year of marriage, marriages are now more likely to end in divorce and less likely to end in the death of one spouse than they were in 1991.’

Various reasons have been put forward for the increase, from partners experiencing ‘delayed mid-life crises’ to differences in opinion on how to spend retirement, the division of an estate among family and even burial plans…

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