Divorce rate falls again
The Office for National Statistics has today released the latest (2007) figures for divorces and civil partnership dissolution. Here are some of the findings, mostly relating to England and Wales:
- The divorce rate fell for a third consecutive year, reaching its lowest level since 1981.
- Rates for both men and women fell across most age groups, but increased for men and women aged 60 and over, and also for women aged between 45 and 49.
- For the sixth consecutive year both men and women in their late twenties had the highest divorce rates.
- The average duration of marriage for divorces granted in 2007 increased to 11.7 years.
- One in five men and women divorcing in 2007 had a previous marriage ending in divorce.
- 68 per cent of divorces were granted to wives and in 54 per cent of these cases the husband’s behaviour was the fact proven.
- 51 per cent of couples divorcing in 2007 had at least one child aged under 16.
- The average age at divorce for women increased to 41.2 years, and for men to 43.7 years.