Although it’s hard to get statistics to back it up, anecdotal evidence suggests there is an increase in people seeking separation or divorce in their retirement years. We’ve certainly experienced an increase in enquiries and cases in our family law department.
But what are the factors behind this trend? The fact that many children have now left the nest and may be independent of their parents certainly influences the decision of individuals to “do something for myself”. The empty nest can also highlight existing problems which were overlooked or suppressed in the bustle of family life; a third factor is that being at home together all the time after retirement can highlight an incompatibility which may have existed for years without being addressed.
Whatever the reason, there are 5 main ways in which divorce or separation cases may differ when the couple are in their retirement years:
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