The ‘little ones’ have finally flown the nest, the mortgage is predominantly paid off and retirement is so close you can almost smell the slightly stale sandwiches at your office leaving party. Now, what exciting chapter lies ahead for you and your partner? Blissful beach holidays? Endless exploration of the Great British Isles? Divorce?
Chances are, divorce wouldn’t be exactly how many of us planned the Autumn of our years. Increasingly, however, more and more of the baby boomers are getting divorced. Known as ‘Silver Splitters’, those over 65 are the group most likely to divorce (https://bit.ly/2tLcVLy) – a trend which bucks the decreasing rates across all other demographics.
But what’s behind this trend? Decreasing stigma, longer life expectancy and changing gender roles may all be contributing to the increasing figures.
What does this mean for women? Despite divorce being more common than ever, it still has a predisposition to being shrouded in a sense of shame – especially amongst older generations. Whilst little concern should be paid to the opinions of others – as they say, ‘Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter’ – it is vital that women do not allow divorce to pass them by without securing their rightful financial shares.
As a recent report for the Chartered Institute for Insurance highlighted (https://bit.ly/2NEkJI2), divorce is a key catalyst in leaving women financially vulnerable in older age. A lifetime of being left out of key financial and investment decisions, a career put on hold for raising children and subsequent reduced pensions and savings all compound to leave women in a precarious position.
As we’ve discussed before (https://bit.ly/2EwcYjr), it’s essential that women secure both liquid and fixed assets during a divorce. Whilst a house may provide a
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