Rise in Over 65s Marriage and Divorce Rates

Thought marriage was out of vogue? Think again. According to the most recent data made available by the Office for National Statistics, there has been an increase in the number of brides and grooms getting married aged over 65.  According to the latest marriage data this shows an increase of 46% in the last decade.  You can look to longer life expectancy for the explanation of this, as the number of people aged 65 and over increased by 20% over the same period.

Marriage is still on the up, just, with 247,372 marriages between opposite sex couples in 2014, an increase of 2.7% from 2013.  As for same sex couples, marriages of same sex couples have only been possible since 29 March 2014, but there were 4,850 carried out in 2014, so we’ll be watching out for the latest data on that next year.

As for divorce, the rates are down generally, with 101,055 divorces of opposite sex couples in 2015, a decrease of 9.1% compared with 2014. When you look at the over 65s however, the figures show that women over 65 divorcing has increased by 38% and men over 65 divorcing have risen by 23%.

If you are looking for advice on divorce and separation, we can help, call our family team on 023 9267 5555 or email family@a2law.co.uk.