Thursday, August 31, 2006

Divorce trends

National StatisticsThe 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!

1 comment:

  1. True enough. However, I think that there is a changing trend in marriage, too, that will have some longer-term effects. People aren't feeling the "pressure" to marry liked they used to in the form of it being "what everyone else does at this or that age" and "because it is right." People tend to wait now until their late twenties or early thirties, and as a result, there are many older parents around or to be around. I see this change as a good thing--more "adults" are getting married rather than "grown up children" and as a result, they are making better choices for themselves, and inevitably their partners.

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