Opposite-sex marriages among over-65s increase by nearly half

by | Mar 3, 2017

If you’re thinking the cards aren’t in your favor for re-marriage, think again. In this UK study of national statistics, longer life expectancies have helped increased chances for divorcees to remarry especially over the ages of 60.

At this stage in life, both parties are seeking financial and emotional security from their partners. Consider this the year of seconds chances, especially if your children are older and established and you’re looking to start anew.

Marriage rates among the over-65s increased by almost a half between 2009 and 2014, bucking a general decline in the popularity of wedlock, official statistics have shown.


There was a 47% increase in the opposite-sex marriage rate (the number of people marrying per 1,000 unmarried persons) among over-65s during the five-year period at the same time as the marriage rate among the general population fell, according to the Office for National Statistics. Same-sex marriage only became possible in the UK from 29 March 2014.


In absolute terms, 7,005 men aged over 65 married a woman in 2014, up from 4,704 in 2009. The number of women in the oldest age group marrying a man also increased, from 2,509 to 3,932.


Dr. Kate Davidson, senior visiting fellow at the University of Surrey and member of the British Society of Gerontology, has interviewed many old people about late life relationships.

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Source: TheGuardian.com