This BBC report mirrors the experience of my colleagues and I in our family law team: there's been a 75% rise in the number of over 60s getting divorced. Its not at all unusual any more for us to have a number of clients in their 60s and 70s and I recently worked on a case where the couple had been married for 65 years and had a son approaching retirement himself.

With 1 in 4 of us predicted to live to the age of 100, couples just aren't prepared to stay miserably together in retirement, when that could stretch ahead for two three or even four decades

Later-life marital splits bring their own particular issues such as complex pension sharing arrangements, provision for care home fees, complex inheritance planning and more...