In 2009, 11,500 over-60s filed for divorce in England and Wales. In 2010, that number rose to 14,600.
This spurt of ‘silver separation’ is, experts theorise, down to the simple fact that people are realising life isn’t over yet. Many people in their 60s still have parents alive, showing them that there’s still plenty of life left to live…so why waste it in an unhappy marriage that’s long past its best?
Sue Plumtree, from Richmond, Surrey, left her husband eight years ago at the turn of her 60th birthday. “I was married for 37 years when I finally decided I deserved better,” she says. “It’s not that I didn’t love him any more, it was just time for a better life, and it was the best thing that I’ve ever done.”
Now Sue works as a life coach, which she is truly passionate...