Family Solicitors Suffolk – Increase in numbers of adults living alone

Nicola Furmston

“The BBC reported this week that the proportion of adults living alone in England and Wales has almost doubled from 9% to 16%. Of those, 28% are aged between 35-54 years old. It also reported that people of working age living alone increase their risk of depression by up to 80% compared with people living in families. Divorce is a common-factor in loneliness and has increased by 50% in the last 50 years. Often, loneliness is a motivating factor, albeit sub-consciously for parents in not letting children go to visit an absent parent at weekend. The fear of being alone at home and the ensuing silence can be debilitating.  However, children’s best interests are usually, if not always, served by both parents having a significant input into their lives”.

Nicola Furmston is a family law solicitor at Barker Gotelee, solicitors in Ipswich

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