Divorce rate rises for over-60s but falls for rest of population
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19 September 2013
The Office for National
Statistics has revealed figures that show the number of divorces among
those over 60 is rising. The trend began in the 1990s and contrasts
with falling divorce rates for all other age groups.
While part of the reason may simply be the ageing population, with more
people over sixty compared to previous decades, other factors listed
also include there being less stigma attached to being divorced and
more financial independence among women.
In 1991, there were 1.6 divorces per 1,000 married men over 60, which
had risen to 2.3 by 2011. Overall divorce rates for men over this
period dropped from 13.6/1000 to 10.8, with a similar trend for women.
The ONS also found that the average length of marriage for men aged 60
and over who got divorced in 2011 was 27.4 years where women aged above
60 who divorced that year had been married on average for 31.9 years.
The ONS said: “Because of increasing life expectancies, even with a
small chance of divorce during each year of marriage, marriages are now
more likely to end in divorce and less likely to end in the death of
one spouse than they were in 1991."
It also noted: "The employment rate of women aged 16 to 64
53% in 1971 to 66% in 2012. This means that women have become more
financially independent and are more likely to have built up their own
pensions. Therefore, in general, women are now more able to support
themselves outside of marriage than in the past."
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