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Divorces in 2016 up 5.8% over 2015

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Rise revealed in this year's ONS Statistical Bulletin,

  • There were 106,959 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2016, an increase of 5.8% compared with 2015, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

    This means that there were 8.9 divorces of opposite-sex couples per 1,000 married men and women in 2016, representing an increase of 4.7% in that ratio compared with the previous year. 

    However, the report's authors also point out that even this rise still means that divorce rates are 20% lower than the recent peak in divorce rate in 2003 and 2004.

    Also worthy of note is that the divorce rate for opposite-sex couples was highest among men aged 45 to 49 and women in their thirties (ages 30 to 39).

    The full report can be read on the ONS website



Published: 19/10/2017

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