More seniors getting divorced

Last year, 601 men aged 60 and older got divorced, more than double the 274 in 2008 while 313 women in the same age group ended their marriages last year compared with 131 in 2008.
Last year, 601 men aged 60 and older got divorced, more than double the 274 in 2008 while 313 women in the same age group ended their marriages last year compared with 131 in 2008.PHOTO: ST FILE

More seniors are getting divorced after decades of marriage, a trend experts attribute to changing social attitudes to divorce and a greater willingness among women to assert their independence.

Last year, 601 men aged 60 and older got divorced, more than double the 274 in 2008. They comprised 8.6 per cent of all divorced men last year, up from 4 per cent in 2008. There were 313 women in the same age group who got divorced last year, compared with 131 in 2008. They made up 4.5 per cent of all female divorcees last year, double the 1.9 per cent in 2008.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2019, with the headline 'More seniors getting divorced'. Print Edition | Subscribe