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‘Later life divorce’ trend mirrored in Lancashire

Divorce law experts are reporting that a national trend of increased divorces among older people is being seen in Lancashire.

Recently think-tank the International Longevity Centre reported that between 1990 and 2012, the number of men and women going through divorce aged 60 or above had risen by 85 per cent. This trend is also expected to continue in coming years.

This figure is despite statistics that show divorce rates among the total population have been declining.

Helen Lucking, partner in the Family team at Napthens solicitors has revealed that this trend is also being seen across the region, due in part to there being less stigma attached to being single.

She explained: “People are getting divorced later in life for a number of reasons. In some cases they are no longer willing to put up with their spouse, and because there is so much less stigma nowadays divorce is not seen as such a taboo.

“In some cases divorce is also less expensive than it was thanks to the market becoming more competitive and fixed fees more common, and it’s seen as easier than it used to be.

“Thanks to the trend of so-called silver surfers, and the rise of social media, it’s also much easier for an older person to meet a new partner and start a new chapter in their lives.

“It’s an interesting trend and one which we will be monitoring in coming years.”