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More over-60s filing for divorce, figures show

More over-60s filing for divorce, figures show

A growing number of older people in the UK are filing for divorce, new figures have revealed.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that couples over 60 are bucking the general trend of falling separation rates across all age groups in Britain.

According to the ONS, in excess of 11,000 individuals in this senior bracket now get divorced annually, with a primary reason being many couples believe they have no incentive to remain together once their children have grown up and left home.

Some four per cent more separations among over-60s were finalised in 2009 when compared to 2007, despite the fact that the overall divorce rate declined by 11 per cent over the same time period.

Ros Altmann, director-general of Saga, labelled this a "major social revolution".

"This is more proof that life is really changing for the over-60s and for many it's the start of the next phase of their lives, not the end," she added.

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Posted by Chris Stevenson