STATS-CAN NUMBERS SHOW MANY MORE SENIOR COUPLES SPLITTING THESE DAYS

Feb 24, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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The number of divorced or separated seniors 65 and older – has tripled in the last thirty years.

That’s according to recent Statistics Canada figures showing that in 1981 – only four per cent of seniors 65 and older were divorced or separated.

But by 2011, that number had risen to 12 per cent.

The majority of those people found another partner – whether they got married again or moved in with a common-law spouse.

In 2011, 76 per cent of senior men and 55 per cent of senior women who ended up single – eventually found love again.

About three-quarters of them re-married, while the rest ended up in common-law unions.

StatsCan also notes that senior couples are now closer in age.

Almost half of Canada’s 1.7 million senior couples had an age difference of three years or less in 2011 -up from 40 per cent in 1981.

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