The trend known as “silver divorce” affects couples in their sixties who are newly-retired and realize two to three decades ahead of them with the same partner might not be their retirement dream.
The rise in “silver divorce,” the increase in divorce amongst couples in their 50s and 60s, suggests that the stigma of divorce has more or less gone. People have greater longevity, financial security and often view retirement as a new beginning, rather than an end. In certain cases, people suffer from boredom with their spouse and decide that they don’t want to spend another 20 years with them.
Marilyn Stowe, a United Kingdom family lawyer, said that the rise of silver divorce cases hasn’t been dramatic, but it has been noticeable. Ten years ago, the firm hardly saw any clients from this age group. To her, silver divorce is particularly sad for the spouse left behind, who may have been looking forward to a shared retirement. According to one source, the number of over-60 divorces increased from less than 9,000 in 2006, to more than 14,000 in 2009.