The 'hottest new demographic trend', according to the media:  as the divorce rate in the baby boomer generation climbs skywards, so it seems the number of divorced, retired renters grows too. 

Whether that figure is newsworthy or not, the real story to me is just how many more couples are ending their marriages in 'later life' than ever before.

In my own practice, I am seeing a real increase in the number of older ladies instructing me to start divorce proceedings after 3 and even 4 decades of marriage. Whilst there may be some divorcees who have little option but to rent post-divorce, I don't see that situation often. The ability to turn pensions into cash, the fact that so many more women have their own wealth at this point in their lives, the almost unreal house prices locally, all tend to mean that there is enough, although sometimes only just, to go around. 

That doesn't alter the fact that the so called Silver Splitter divorces do come with some real challenges for the divorce lawyer and that there will be those for whom a divorce signals not only the end of home ownership but a significant reduction in standard of living.