16,000 elderly couples are now choosing to "live in sin"

Published Friday, Dec 13 2013, 18:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
The number of unmarried elderly people living together has doubled in a decade according to the Office for National Statistics.

16,000 unmarried people in their late 80s and 90s are now choosing to not commit and cohabit instead.

The statistics also reveal that staying in an unhappy marriage is now a thing of the past, as divorce rates for the elderly have also doubled in the past decade, meaning that 33,000 of over 85s are now divorced.

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Claire Reid a family lawyer from Pannone Solicitors was quoted in the Daily Mail, saying: "Older people now believe the social stigma which previous generations associated with living together and not being married just doesn't apply to them any more."

Improvements in lifestyle and changes in life expectancy are thought to be the reason for the elderly to go against social stigmas and 'live in sin'. With the number of over 85s in care homes and other residential establishments falling in the last decade, it seems like it's never too late to find true love.

Miss Reid added: "We have seen a number of older clients who want to test the water, who want to cohabit either with a view to marrying at some later date or maybe not.

"They want to enjoy the rest of their lives and not necessarily remain in a relationship which isn't working for the sake of it."

Sophie Flint

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