The rate of divorce has increased for the first time in five years, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.
There were 106,959 divorces last year, a rise of 5.8 per cent compared with the previous year.
There were large falls in the rate of divorce in the preceding two years, including a drop of 9.1 per cent in 2015, and it remains well below its peak of 14 years ago. Although the number of marriages has been falling as more couples choose to live together, the proportion of divorces among heterosexual couples also rose last year to 8.9 divorces per 1,000 couples, up by 4.7 per cent since 2015.
The divorce rate was highest among men aged 45 to 49 and women aged 30 to 39. The majority of divorces were petitioned by the wife, with the most common grounds being unreasonable behaviour.
It is also worth noting the increase in divorces for same sex couples. There were also 112 divorces last year among same-sex couples, predominantly women, up from 22 in 2015. This was the second year that the divorce statistics include those for gay couples, after the introduction of same-sex marriage in 2014.
These figures paint a sorry picture of modern day Britain.
When any relationship breaks down it can be a very difficult time, not just emotionally, but also financially. Our highly experienced family law team in Wilmslow can support you through this period and make sure you get a fair financial settlement as you plan the future for yourself and any children.
Paul Reay, Head of Family.