While divorce figures are generally down, there is one group bucking the trend: 50-something women. A generation or two ago, a woman in this phase of life might be looking forward to a gentle slide into retirement or grandmothering. Today, a woman of 50 can expect to live at least another 35 years - and a volley of studies suggest they are approaching these (typically, less responsibility-laden) decades with more ambitious plans than ever before. A report on 2000 over-50s, this week, found most anticipate at least five more significant ‘life events’ ahead of them - from moving house, re-entering education or starting a new business to, significantly, divorce.
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