Divorce Statistics

The Latest Divorce Statistics For 2017

Divorce rates change yearly and the results can be quite surprising. The statistics are recorded by Her Majesty’s Courts to ensure an accurate result.

The latest divorce statistics were released in September 2018 and were for 2017.

In previous years the rates have been quite diverse- in 2016 we saw an increase of 5.8% compared with 2015. However, in 2017 we have seen a decrease of 4.9%.

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Overview of the latest divorce statistics

According to statistics released by the Office For National Statistics for 2017:

  • Divorce of opposite-sex couples is at its lowest rate since 1973.
  • There were 101,669 opposite sex divorces in England & Wales in 2017 compared to 106,959 in 2016. That’s a total decrease of 4.9%.
  • 8.4/1000 married couples divorce
  • The average duration of marriage at the time of divorce was 12.2 years for opposite-sex couples.
  • The divorce rate for opposite-sex couples was highest among men aged 45 to 49 years and women aged 40 to 44 years.
  • 338 same-sex couples divorced in 2017, more than three times the number in 2016 (112 divorces).
  • The most common reason for divorce was based on unreasonable behaviour, 52% of wives and 37% of husbands divorced on these grounds

Why have divorce rates dropped?

There is no specific reason for this however, it is said that many couples are choosing to cohabitate instead of getting married- so divorce is not necessary.

Changes in behaviour and attitudes are also a massive factor, both parties now tend to share more household duties and simply take more interest in one other.

Another reason could be that couples are waiting longer to commit to marriage. Many are completing their education and settling down in life, once they are settled they then look to marry.

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