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Could retiring increase your chances of divorce?


Some research undertaken by Skipton Building Society shows that after retirement, many people find that they can simply no longer live with their partner.

I have blogged before about the increasing trend in divorces amongst more mature couples. The article noted that whilst it is correct that the divorce rates are dropping, that the number of over sixties divorcing was increasing. It quoted, from national statistics that in 2007 13,678 couples who were over sixty divorced, compared to 9,052 in 1997. We often put it down to factors such as people living longer; less social stigma attached to divorce etc.
Some research undertaken by Skipton Building Society shows that after retirement, many find that they can no longer live with their partner. The survey polled 660 retired people and found:-
• 80% discover they don’t share any of the same hobbies and interests
• 20% argue over lack of money
• 13% “irritate each other beyond belief”
• 33% spend much of their time arguing about silly things
….which is all such a shame as we spend so long working and planning for our retirement that if the reality is misery and argument, one may wonder if indeed it is all worth it.
We often hear that when major events happen such as children leaving home; retirement and the Husband and Wife have nothing to do but enjoy each other’s company, the cracks - that were probably hidden under the surface – soon begin to show.
It isn’t all doom and gloom as the consensus was that the problems experienced were not to do with a lack of love, more to do with the couple perhaps needing to get to know each other again. The research did show that 90% of couples did think that (eventually) they would enjoy a happy retirement together.
Justine is the partner and head of the Family team Clarion can be contacted on 0113 336 3323 and email justine.osmotherley@clarionsolicitors.com

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