Rise in Women Over 65 Getting Married in the UK

 Rise in Women Over 65 Getting Married in the UK
Wed 15-03-2017

More women in the UK are getting remarried late in life to avoid spending a long retirement alone, a new study reported. 

Increasing life expectancy means women are shunning 30 years of widowhood and searching for a partner to enjoy a later-life romance with. 

The marriage rate for over 65s increased by 56% among women and 41% among men from 2009 to 2014, according to figures released by the UK's Office of National Statistics. 

Overall marriage rates rose by 2.7% between 2013 and 2014, a figure which was driven by more older couples tying the knot. 

This is partly due to increased life expectancy. A woman aged 65 could expect to live for 21.5 years more in 2017.

Women also live two-and-a-half years longer than men on average, meaning many are left without a partner in the last years of their life. 

The biggest decrease in marriage was among the under 20s. Rates were down by a third for men and 27% for women from 2009 to 2014.