Increase in number of marriages and divorces for those aged over 65

July 2017             No: 2

A recent survey indicates that the number of people marrying at the age of 65 and over, has increased by 46%, in the last 10 years.

The number of divorces in England and Wales has reduced, with recent data showing a 28% fall in the number of divorces between 2005 and 2015. However, those older than 65 are “bucking the trend”. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of men aged over 65 getting divorced increased by 23%. The number of women over 65 getting divorced increased by 38%.

It is thought these increases are linked to the rise in the number of people living longer. There is speculation that people over 65 are increasingly prioritising their happiness and wellbeing, and making more use of the internet. They are using online dating sites with increasing frequency. Many are economically comfortable, and feel better able to cope with the possible ramifications of a divorce. Many adults now work beyond the age of 65, which has also contributed to economic confidence for those in that age group.

There has also been an increase in the use of pre-nuptial agreements, particularly amongst those who are marrying for a second time, and wish to protect the inheritance prospects of children from their first marriage.