Those over 50 are dubbed the ‘silver divorcees’ as more older couples get divorced, bucking a trend that has seen divorce rates dropping. Now a new survey from Nationwide Mortgages has shown that 28% of over 50s who have been through a divorce results in the couple selling the family home.
The survey also revealed that 13% ended up downsizing as the need for a large home is removed following the divorce and 8% move into private rented accommodation; more over 50s are now seeking rental accommodation than ever before.
Older couples may have accumulated assets often over many decades of marriage; with everything from furniture to pets were being split after the divorce. One in five (21%) said they had split furniture, a quarter (24%) had shared savings, 6% had shared family heirlooms, and 3% now share the ownership of family pets.
More than half reported being happier as a result of their divorce.
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