ONS releases latest divorce facts and figures

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published some revealing figures on the current divorce trends in England and Wales:

• Divorces up by 4.9% in the UK

• First annual increase for eight years

• Divorce rates fell during 2008 and 2009 but increased again in 2010

• 111,589 divorces in 2010 compared with 113,949 in 2009

• Early forties highest divorcing group

• The 2003 divorce rose to 153,065 compared with 147,735 the previous year

• ONS says the increases may possibly be linked with the difficult economic climate

• A similar trend to 1990-92, where divorce rates increased more markedly in 1993 than during the recession itself.

• First-time divorcees made up 70% of couples divorcing in 2010 whilst the remainder had at least one previously divorced or widowed spouse

• Two-thirds of decrees were granted to wives

• 55% of divorces granted to wives citing unreasonable behaviour by their husbands

• 35% of divorces granted to husbands cited unreasonable behaviour by their wives

• 33% of 1995 marriages annulled by their 15th anniversary

• 20% of 1970 marriages annulled inside 15 years

Civil Partnership dissolution also rose in 2010 which the ONS attributed to its novel status and the high increase in ceremonies

If you are either in the process of divorcing or considering this course of action, it is vital that you consult specialist Divorce Solicitors whilst negotiating a settlement as the process can be costly and time-consuming. Our team provide expert legal advice that will help secure your future financial position and wellbeing.