Silver Splitters Could See Rise in Silver Surfers


Figures from the Office of National Statistics have found that the numbers of pensioners choosing to divorce have doubled in the last 10 years. So why is this? And might we see greater numbers of 'silver surfers' choosing online dating?

Silver splitters are increasing

Divorce Rate Doubles

The statistics show that in 2011, 9% of people over the age of 65 chose to divorce, as opposed to 4.5% back in 2001. The data also shows that men and women are equally as likely to instigate the divorce.

The dating website eHarmony have said that older men and women have different reasons for divorce, they said men may be divorcing because of a "delayed midlife crisis", whereas for women, they believe it is the "result of empty nest syndrome".

Jenine Abdo, voices her view:

“There are numerous factors as to why people from the older generation bracket are getting divorce; one main factor is that society and its views have changed where once upon a time divorce carried a stigma and was frowned upon, most remained in their marriage despite being deeply happy. Now divorce is acceptable and doesn’t carry the stigma it once was, giving the opportunity to those who do want a divorce for whatever reason, to do so.”

“It could also be that the generation of “baby boomers”, with strong pensions and money in property, now have the financial security to be able to afford divorce, women in particular may be less financially dependent on their spouse.”

Online Dating

A recent online dating report by the analyst Mintel found that although people over the age of 55 are the group least likely to date online, 71% say they would be willing to try it out.

New research has also found that divorce doesn't affect your health, just as long as you find someone else. With evidence showing that moving on could actually be good for your health, we could see more 'silver surfers' deciding to try online dating.

Divorce Isn't Easy

Carol Chrisfield, our Associate specialising in Family Law, explains that although divorce in the older generation is rising, the divorce process isn't easy for older spouses:

"These cases can be far more complex as the parties are often retired and have a lower income than at other times of their lives, and whilst they may have more capital, it is likely to be tied up in their home. Whatever the circumstances, we can advise them and ensure the fairest possible outcome."

Carol is also a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers. Resolution are committed to promoting a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.

If you're thinking about getting a divorce, our specialist divorce solicitors will be able to give you all the support and advice you need.

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