Over 65s divorce rate will double by 2033

By the year 2033 the divorce rate for people aged over 65 is predicted to double, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

It states that the proportion of the population aged 65 and over who are divorced will rise from eight per cent in 2008 to 15 per cent in 2033.

In contrast, over the next 25 years the proportion of the population aged between 35 and 44 who are divorced is expected to halve to six per cent in 2033.

Commenting on the figures, Keren Smedley, a coach and author at Experience Matters, said that because people now live for longer, they have more time to suffer an unhappy marriage.

Ms Smedley explained: "[Once] you are in your 50s or 60s and you think 'I've got another 40 years with this person', people begin to see that it is not possible."

"Being in a rotten relationship for a number of years causes difficulty both for you and also your family," the expert added.

Ex-presidential candidate Al Gore recently announced his divorce from his wife of 40 years, Tipper.

Posted by Morag Lyall

Published on: June 30, 2010

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