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Reducing acrimony in later-life break ups

Pippa Allsop wonders whether the increase in 'silver splitters' and cohabiting couples is due to relaxation of social attitudes

4 May 2016

The increase in the number of older couples getting divorced was recently commented on by Rosemary Bennett in the Times. The 'silver splitters', as they have been aptly named, seem to be on the rise, leading to questions about why
this is so.

A relationship breakdown later in life does not mean a couple has been together for their entire lives, or even for
a long time. Many instances might involve those who are ending their second, third, or
?th marriages.

One scenario may lead to
the other. The end of a long marriage may result in a
new one. The Times cited a corresponding rise in the number of 'silver nups', prenuptial agreements entered into by those who have been through a divorce before and who are looking to preserve pre-acquired wealth for themselves or for their children.

The length of a marriage is...

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