A recent report has shown that in 2009 more than 11,500 over-60s obtained a divorce which is a rise of 4% in two years.
This is in contrast to a fall in divorce rates amongst other age groups where there has been a steady decline in recent years. It seems that many people are seeing retirement as an opportunity to reassess their lives and to make plans for the future which may not involve their current spouse.
For those considering remarriage they may want to ensure that assets accrued prior to the remarriage are protected from any subsequent divorce. A pre-nuptial agreement would be advisable in such circumstances. They should also review their Wills giving consideration to the position of both any children they may have and their new spouse in the event of their death.
This article was written by Hannah Kelly, a Solicitor in the Family Department.