Divorce for the older couple will no doubt become a hot topic
once again in the wake of the Chancellor's 2016 autumn
statement, which outlines an imminent reduction to Money Purchase
Annual Allowances. Perhaps of more interest to Channel Island
couples are the statistics published last year by the Office of
National Statistics which show that despite there being an overall
decrease in the rate of divorce across most age groups in the UK
compared with a decade ago, there was a marked increase in divorces
involving those over fifty. A divorce for those in this age bracket
have become so common that the nickname 'silver splitter'
has emerged, which in some dictionaries even merits its own
This is not just a UK based phenomenon. A recent survey from the
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has found that 64% of their
responding members reported an increase in the amount of divorce
cases involving couples of more than 50 years of age. As yet there
is no age specific report on the increase in over fifties divorces
in the Channel Islands but my professional experience would suggest
that the same trend is being seen here.
Article first published in Zenith magazine in January
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