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Surge in divorces among the over-60 ’silver separators’ despite drop in overall rate of couples splitting up

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline

The number of older people whose marriages collapse when they reach their 60s has risen sharply, official figures have revealed.

Even though divorce overall has become less common, the rate of break-ups among the ‘silver separators’ has soared in the past ten years, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

The proportion of couples splitting up in their 60s is up by 58 per cent on last year, and is likely to keep rising.
 
The overall rate fell to 10.8 divorces per 1,000 people last year – down from 14 per 1,000 in 2004.

In 2001, only 3,693 women aged 60 or over got divorced. Last year that number had risen by 58 per cent to a record 5,836.

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