There has been a jump in the number of people over the age of 60 getting divorced. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show:
The number of men aged 60 and over granted divorces reached 9,500 in 2011, a 73% rise from 1991
There was a similar trend in the number of older women getting divorced, 5,800 in 2011, a sharp rise from 3,200 in 1991
The rise is partly down to an increase in the number of over-60s living in England and Wales. The figures are the second highest on record. The highest was in 1972 after the Divorce Reform Act came into effect, making it easier for couples to separate.
All too often money is wasted on expensive and traumatic court hearings that can take far too long to resolve - and that is why we want to help people to use mediation, a quicker and simpler approach which brings better outcomes.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "Both parents have a responsibility and a role to play in their children's upbringing and we want to make sure that, when parents separate, the law recognises that.
"Children should have the benefit of contact with both of their parents through an ongoing relationship with them.
"This is why we are publishing proposals today setting out that, where it is safe and in the child's best interest, the law is clear that both parents share responsibility in their upbringing."