Divorce among over-50s is up but negligence on Wills remains

By Lenore Rice

The number of people over the age of 50 having a divorce has increased by 85 per cent since 2000, yet there is still the same negligence as ever when it comes to making and updating Wills in order to avoid inheritance feuds down the line.

Divorce is always a complicated and delicate matter, and separating later in life is perhaps more so. There is an increased likelihood of children and even grandchildren, potentially more assets to divide, and if the divorce is followed by a new relationship there will be important decisions to consider when it comes to inheritance matters. However, the number of people over the age of 50 writing a Will and keeping it up-to-date is still worryingly low.

Families throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are regularly thrown into drawn-out legal battles after the death of a loved won who had not written a Will. These can be particularly heated and can cause significant breakdowns in family relationships.

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