Getting divorced after 50: rise of the silver-splitters

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August 30, 2008

I’ve seen a significant rise in the number of people getting divorced in their fifties and sixties. There are a number of reasons, one of which is that as a generation, they’ve got wealthier, healthier and have higher life expectancies.

The fallout from this is utter boredom and feeling trapped. A lot of people I meet have retired too soon, and have become bored. Because they are affluent, they can afford to get divorced.

They are from a generation with far more material wealth than the generations before them, with less of a emphasis on religion. They are less likely to think about the moral issues of divorce and its impact on third parties. Their ethos is that you can have it all. They think: “I’m only here once and I intend to make the most of it.”

At this age, divorce doesn’t necessarily occur because the couple have problems

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