The Office for National Statistics has today published the latest divorce rate figures, for 2005. These show (amongst other things) an 8% drop in the number of divorces in England and Wales and a steep drop in divorce rates for men and women under 40. The average age at divorce has risen over the last 10 years, and the number of people going through a second divorce has nearly doubled since 1981.
Perhaps of more interest to divorce lawyers are the facts that 69% of divorces in 2005 were granted to wives, of which 53% were on the basis of unreasonable behaviour; the most common fact proven for divorces granted to husbands being two years’ separation with consent, although that was only 32%.
I'm sure all of the above says something profound about our society today, but I'll leave it to others to draw conclusions. Suffice to say that if current trends continue I think there'll still be enough work around for us divorce lawyers for a while yet!