The Office of National Statistics has just released its most up to date marriage data which has revealed a big increase in the number of people over the age of 65 both marrying and getting divorced. The ONS statistics show that the number of people aged 65 and over getting married went up 46% in the decade between 2004 and 2014. The number of over 65s marrying has continually increased for both sexes since 2009.

Although divorce rates generally are on the decline (the statistics show a general fall of 28% between 2005 and 2015 for the whole of the population) the rates of older people getting divorced has increased. The number of men aged 65 getting divorced has increased by 23% and the number of women getting divorced by 38%.

The ONS have attributed the increase of older people ending and starting new relationships to the fact that people are generally living longer and the ‘baby boomer’ generation are now coming to retirement age. Other commentators have suggested that the trend reflects the increase of a ‘life’s too short’ attitude encouraging people to seize the day and take a chance on new relationships as well as the fact that by later in life, many people are better economically equipped and more confident that they will be able to deal with the financial consequences of separation or divorce than they may have been when they were younger.


At Ringrose law we are specialists at dealing with divorce, separation and the financial issues arising from these circumstances. If you have any questions about any of these matters please do not hesitate to contact any of our team at our offices in Boston, Spalding, Newark, Lincoln, Grantham and Sleaford.

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