The ONS has published data which shows an increase in marriage and divorce rates for the over 65s.
Whilst the main reason for this is likely to be an increase in life expectancy, the ONS also speculate on other changes to lifestyle which may have an impact.
Either way, the 'silver-splicers' are bucking the trend from the other demographics which have seen a slow down in both marriage and divorce rates.
We also know that older people are more connected, economically and socially, than they were before. People aged 65 and over are more likely than ever to be working, and therefore be able to support themselves outside marriage. They’re also catching up with younger people in their use of the internet – perhaps trying out online dating? We can’t rule out practical reasons for older couples deciding to tie the knot. One of these may be a substantial change to inheritance tax rules made in October 2007, which allowed married couples or those in civil partnerships to transfer their tax-free allowances between each other for the first time.