Increase in Divorce Rates for ‘Silver Splitters’

The rate of separations between couples in their 50s and 60s the so called ‘silver splitters’ has increased, according to a report by the charity Relate.

The Report, Will you still love me when I’m 64?  shows that people born post war between 1946 and 1964 will be the first generation where the norm will be living alone.  The number of over 60’s getting divorced is increasing each year; 15275 in 2011, 13554 in 2010.

Relate’s Chief Executive Ruth Sutherland said “Retiring is a good time to think about your relationship, is it ready for the changes that later life can bring?  People often don’t seek help until things are going badly wrong in their relationship and we’re encouraging people to invest early to get the most out of their old age.  This report shows us that there are three pillars to a good later life, health, financial security and good personal relationships, yet relationships are largely missing