‘A Practical Guide to Divorce for the Silver Separators’ by Karin Walker


Paperback: 978-1-913715-42-7
Published: November 2020
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As the marriage rate falls and the ‘millennials’ choose to cohabit, the over 60s are topping the divorce charts. Working with separating couples who are in later life requires a special level of expertise. In addition to the provision of sound legal advice, practitioners will need to have an understanding of the emotional and other wider issues faced by clients from this generation and the impact which these will have on the process. There is a need to explore into the family dynamic and recognise the influences which may have a profound effect upon your handling of the case on behalf of your client.

‘A Practical Guide to Divorce for the Silver Separators’ will take you through some of the most important considerations when acting for a client over the age of 60 and provide guidance to support you through the potential pitfalls. The aim is to assist you in the provision of the best possible service for the growing number of separating couples in this age group, likely to form a significant proportion of your caseload.

The book is full of practical tips with an illustrative case study. It deals with the needs to understand the implications for the wider family, especially adult children who, although too old to be taken into account by the court, can become over involved in the separation of their parents.

‘A Practical Guide to Divorce for the Silver Separators’ can be used as a quick reference book or an absorbing ‘cover to cover’ read, aimed at equipping the reader to tailor their service to the very specific requirements of the age group.


Karin Walker established KGW Family Law in Woking, Surrey in 2012. She is a mediator, arbitrator (finance and children) and a collaborative practitioner. With co-trainer Suzanne Kingston she has provided innovative family law training online since ‘lockdown’ in March 2020 and together they have trained mediators in the specialised form of mediation known as ‘hybrid’. She is also a co-founder of ‘The Certainty Project’ with Julian Bremner and Margaret Kelly, a new way of working in family law which combines mediation and arbitration and provides the couple with certainty of duration and cost, hence the name.

Karin is co-author with Dr Supriya McKenna of ‘Narcissism and Family Law – a practitioner’s guide’ and ‘Divorcing a Narcissist – the lure, the loss and the law’ published in 2020.

While Karin often represents high net worth, high-profile individuals, she treats each client, regardless of background, with equal importance. Her objective is always to guide clients towards the best possible solution that places family first. She is committed to helping couples continue giving their children the best possible upbringing. Karin’s clients regularly comment on the exceptional level of care from Karin and her team, providing clear advice and support that make a difficult situation better.

Karin is recognised by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leader in her field. She regularly writes articles on a number of topics associated with family law and has appeared in the media locally and nationally. Karin also speaks locally, nationally and internationally on all aspects of family law.

Having been a member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) since admission as a solicitor, Karin was an elected member to Resolution’s National Committee for two terms (resigning in 2017) and Chair of the National DR Committee from 2014 to 2017. In 2016 Karin became a member of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators and a Freeman of the City of London. In 2020 she became a Liveryman.

Karin studied at Nottingham University and the College of Law in Guildford. Outside of work she enjoys the arts, gardening, walking her Doberman and spending time with her family. She is a trustee of Guildford Shakespeare Company, and a supporter of the Society for Women Artists.


1. How to Deal With the Emotional Fallout After a Long Marriage
2. Pension Issues for the ‘Silver Separators’
3. Adult Children and the Extended Family
4. Inheritance Issues for the ‘Silver Separators’
5. The Death of Either Party Prior to the Conclusion of Divorce Proceedings
6. Income Issues in Later Life
7. The Impact of the New Partner
8. In Practice
9. Out of Court Options
10. Case Study
11. Conclusion