Divorce rate among over-50s up 75 per cent in 20 years

By Lenore Rice

The number of couples over 50 getting a divorce has increased by 75 per cent in 20 years according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The statistics suggest that in a quarter of divorces of couples over 50 the family property is sold, and nearly 60 per cent of divorcees feel they were worse off financially following their separation. Women appear to struggle slightly more than men, with 32 per cent of over-50 female divorcees saying they faced financial difficulties after their separation, compared to 23 per cent of male divorcees. A slightly higher percentage of men felt they were better off financially following their split - 18 per cent compared to 13 per cent of women.

The two main reasons given for the decision to split by over-50s divorcees were finding a new love interest (34 per cent) and growing apart (22 per cent).

The rate of divorce among the rest of the population has fallen according to the ONS.

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