Anyone familiar with BBC One’s Heir Hunters programme will know about the otherwise relatively unknown and niche industry of probate genealogy research. When someone passes away, they leave behind an estate; it’s necessary to distribute that estate to the rightful heirs, known as beneficiaries. As the programme highlights, it’s not always easy to identify who should benefit from the estate or, if the beneficiary is known, to locate their whereabouts.
A prenuptial agreement is sometimes entered into by couples who intend to get married. They have been quite common in several countries, particularly in the US, and are normally used to set out the financial matters that would be put in place following a divorce.
An increase in the number of people aged 60 and over living in England and Wales, an increase in life expectancy by 26 years, plus an increase in participation by women in the labour market. Put them together and what do you get? An increase in divorce amongst the population aged 60 and over in England and Wales.