Divorce rates in decline

There was a decline in the number of people finding grounds for divorce in 2009, according to the latest official figures.

In England and Wales, the number of divorces stood at 113,949 for the year, marking a 6.4 per cent decline on 2008 levels.

Furthermore, this was the lowest level recorded since 1974, during which 113,500 couples filed for divorce.

This means that in 2009, the divorce rate stood at 10.5 divorcing people per 1,000 married population, down from 11.2 during the previous 12 months.

Couples in their 20s were, for the fifth year in a row, found to have the highest separation rate among all age groups, with 21.7 males and 25.1 females per 1,000 splitting up from their partners.

The Institute for Social and Economic Research found earlier this month that cohabiting couples throughout the UK are generally happy with their circumstances.

However, many couples living together don't know about their lack of legal rights and protection when it comes to property and children.

Published on: February 17, 2011

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