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Pensioner Divorce Rate ‘On The Rise’

Cheshire divorce solicitors could see a hike in demand for their services from older people in the future, given new statistics revealing that divorce rates among pensioners has doubled between 2001 and 2011.

According to the Office for National Statistics, nine per cent of over-65s were divorced in 2011, compared with the 4.5 per cent in 2001, with an increasing number of couples now choosing cohabitation over marriage, the Daily Mail reports.

“Marriage remained the most common marital status – 57 per cent of those aged over 65 were married, However there has been a near-doubling of cohabitation among the over-65s, from 1.6 per cent in 2001 to 2.8 per cent in 2011,” the organisation noted in its report.

However old you are, divorce can be a particularly stressful time for all involved so it’s important that you have the right lawyer on your side. Any reputable law firm will offer you free advice regarding your situation so you can find out what options you have available to you.

From there, you petition the court for a divorce, which you will be granted as long as you meet one of the legal grounds for such a separation. The documents are sent to court and then to your partner. 

Once done, arrangements must be made relating to childcare where necessary and then the decree nisi will be granted if everything seems to be in order. Once the decree absolute is issued, your divorce is finalised – although you have to wait six weeks and a day after your decree nisi before you can apply.

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