In the decade from 2005 to 2015, the number of men divorcing aged 65 and over rose 23 per cent, with a 38 per cent increase for women. Divorces among couples aged 50+ are on the increase according to recent data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Often referred to as “silver splitters” or “grey divorces” – why are people in the late 50s and 60s increasingly leaving marriages and what are the complications arising from the process?   Why are so many older couples divorcing? Just when they are expected to be most settled, older couples are going against the trend of a lowering divorce rate. Reasons often cited in the media for the increase in divorces later in life include: Longer life expectancy Greater financial independence of women Reduced stigma surrounding divorce A greater presence of retirees on online dating sites Having been coined a ‘grey social revolution’ the rise of later-life separation can be driven by empty-nest syndrome. Ending a couple’s need to “stay together for the kids” or approaching retirements, presenting the prospect of extended time with someone you may not be happy with. Things to consider when an older couple wants to divorce? Letting […] read more