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Divorces in 2016 up 5.8% over 2015

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

News, published: 19/10/2017


Published: 19/10/2017


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