What drives over-50s to divorce

Instead of looking ahead towards retirement in the south of France, it appears more over-50s couples are heading for the divorce courts.

A survey carried out by Saga Legal Services found that a lack of love and intimacy in the relationship were the main relationship breakers.

The figures show that 28 percent said they divorced because their partner was emotionally cold and distant, while a quarter cited a loss of interest in sex as the determining factor.

In 10 percent of cases, couples said they had just run out of things to talk about.

Experts believe many couples who have stayed together for the sake of their children reassess their futures when the kids fly the nest.

Christine Northam, a counsellor for Relate, said: ‘Many women in their 50s are starting to see that there are opportunities out there for them that perhaps weren’t there when they first married.’

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