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Zoe Gaitskell

Divorce rate continues its downward trend

Posted by Zoe Gaitskell on December 20th 2016 in All , FAMILY .

Divorce rate continues its downward trend

There were 111,169 divorces in England and Wales in 2014, a decrease of 3.1% compared with 2013 and a decline of 27% from a recent peak in 2003, according to the latest release of divorce figures by the Office for National Statistics.

The number of divorces in 2014 was highest among men aged 45 to 49 and women aged 40 to 44.

In 2014, there were 9.3 men divorcing per thousand married males, a decrease of 5.1% compared with 2013 and a fall of 30.6% from a recent peak in the divorce rate in 2004. In 2014, there were 9.3 women divorcing per thousand married females, a decrease of 5.1% compared with 2013 and a drop of 29.5% compared with 2004.

Nicola Haines, on behalf of the Office for National Statistics, said:

"Compared with 2004, divorce rates in 2014 were lower for all age groups except women aged 55 and over. Likely factors include increased cohabiting and increasing age at first marriage. Previous research indicates a higher risk of divorce among those marrying at younger ages, whilst cohabitation may be reducing the number of weaker relationships progressing to marriage."

Same sex marriage was first legally allowed in 2014 so in the next batch of statistics same-sex divorce may appear on the statistics.

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