Divorce rates see highest rise since mid-1980s, figures show

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2017

Moreover, the Divorce Reform Act in the U.K.in 1971 made it easier for couples to divorce upon separation, which led to a large increase in divorce rates in 1972.

As for the median duration of marriages between same-sex couples who legally separated in 2016, men stood at 4.6 years and women at 2.2 years.

Although a small number, last year was only the second year in which divorce between same sex couples has been an option since the introduction of gay marriage in 2014.

Of the 22 from 2015, 12 were female and 10 were male, indicating a pretty balanced ratio.

ONS spokeswoman Nicola Haines said: "Although the number of divorces of opposite-sex couples in England and Wales increased by 5.8% in 2016 compared with 2015, the number remains 30% lower than the most recent peak in 2003". Other reasons were related to rising levels of household debt and stagnating wages that put a strain on marriages.

Unreasonable behaviour was the most common grounds for divorce among same-sex couples. The statistics show that more women than men were divorced under the age of 45, changing the pattern from 2015 and reflecting that, on average, men marry women who are younger than themselves.

Overall, women initiated proceedings in 61% of opposite-sex divorces.

Some 9,848 men aged over 60 divorced a year ago, up from 8,697.

He added: "Divorce is not something that people tend to take lightly but our research suggests that many people could have saved their marriage and avoided divorce with the right support".

The Office for National Statistics derives the information from court records.

The ONS included divorces that stemmed from marriages that took place overseas, but were legally recognized in the UK. The court records include information on divorces of marriages that took place overseas, provided being recognized in the United Kingdom and one of the parties had a permanent home in England.

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