Elderly divorcees could end up much poorer in retirement

The number of brides and grooms aged 65 and over has risen by 46% in the past ten years, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. (The over-65s as a proportion of the population is up by a fifth over that period.) The divorce rate has risen for older people, too – among the over-65s it went up by 23% for men and 38% for women between 2005 and 2015.

Pensions are an increasingly important element of divorce settlements, especially for older couples who may have less time to build up new [...]