Divorce Rate

Divorce Rate in UK

As per the Office of National Statistics, the rates of divorces in UK have gone up in the last three years after dropping from the levels that were present in 1996. The number of divorces in England as well as Wales for the previous year stood at 153,490. This implies 13.9 divorces for every 1,000 marriages. This divorce rate was only 13.4 in 2002.

Number of divorces in UK from 1930 to 2010

divorce rate in the uk

Some facts about divorce rate in the UK:

  • There were 160,000 divorces in England and Wales in 2002, an increase of almost 2% from the 2001 figure of 157,000

  • Seven out of 10 cases was first timer divorce. So 70% divorces in UK are first divorce.

  • The average age at which couples split in UK is 42 for men and 39 for women.

  • Half the couples who divorce have at least one child aged under 16.

  • Web romance 'fuels divorce rise' in UK, BBC NEWS August 31, 2004

  • First two years of marriages have the highest divorce rates in the UK. If you want to compare UK rates with other countries such as US, India, Japan, etc., you can click on this link, which guides you to global divorce statistics.

Divorce rates in UK are up:

As per the new statistics from the Office for National Statistics, the divorce rates in UK are on the rise. Some of the key findings are:

  • The number of divorces stood at 113,949 in England and Wales in 2009. This number increased by 4.9% to 119,589 in 2010.
  • The divorce rate in 2009 was 10.5 (people getting divorced per 1000 married couples) while it rose to 11.1 in 2010.
  • In 2010, there was a rise in the number of divorces for men and women aged between 40 10 44 and this number was the highest.
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