Silver Separators: Looking for The Time of Their Lives!

With high divorce rates for the over 50’s regularly in the news,  I was fascinated by the recent Supreme Court’s decision not to allow a woman to divorce her husband. I wonder what you make of it all?

Last week the Supreme Court upheld a lower courts ruling that Mrs Owens was not allowed to divorce her husband of 40 years.


Under current law in England and Wales, unless people can prove their marriage has broken down due to adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, you cannot obtain a divorce without the other spouses consent.

In the case of Mr and Mrs Owens, Mr Owens does not want to get divorced and Mrs Owens was unable to prove any of the above. Therefore, the only current option is to live apart for a minimum of 5 years before the court will grant the divorce Mrs Owens so badly wants.


This story has made national headlines. Who would’ve thought in 2018 a person would be legally forced to remain married to someone they no longer want to be with?

Why does there have to be blame allocated or a fault in order to end a marriage? Is it not excruciatingly painful enough without having to prove that someone was to blame? Surely, it would be better to encourage no-fault divorces where parties just acknowledge that feelings towards the other have changed. In reality love can unfortunately fade without a specific one thing or person to blame.

What do you think?

Should it be easier to get a divorce?

Should there be an introduction of “no-fault” divorces?

Life changes, like retirement, coinciding with a significant birthday are often the catalyst for the ending of a relationship. It is a challenging enough time in anyone’s life why does it need to made more-so?

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  • Maybe there should be a new ground for divorce – ‘grown apart to the point at which I no longer recognise this person as the one I married’. That’s often the way that my friends and clients describe their relationship once the children have left home or when they have retired and begin to spend more time together. 5 years seems quite a long time to wait when you are older – you realise you need to get on and change your life sooner rather than later!

Written by Annie Stirk