Why you should check your finances before getting married in later life



By Harvey Jones

Love can strike at any age but finances get more complex when marrying a second or third time, especially if there are children.

Partners come with financial baggage in the form of pensions, property and investments, which must be handled carefully.

The number of over-65s getting married jumped by more than half from 2009-2014, according to the Office for National Statistics, as longevity grows and more find love online.

A new study by Investec Wealth & Investment shows that financial considerations play a major role at this age, with growing numbers choosing to marry to secure better financial rights on death or divorce, or improved inheritance tax benefits.

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