Divorce: 13 Facts from the Office of National Statistics

The Office of National Statistics is a good source of information about lots of things. Below are some facts about Divorce.

We are interested in these because as Solicitors we assist clients divorce in as humane way as possible and as Family Mediators we do the same.

Particularly poignant is Fact 11 which is that 48% of couples divorcing had at least one child aged under 16 living with the family. That is a lot of children.

13 Facts about Divorce in 2012 on the ONS Website

 

Find out about marriages that ended in divorce in England and Wales in 2012

 

13 Facts about divorce

1. There were 13 divorces an hour* in England and Wales in 2012.

Fact 1: There were 13 divorces an hour in England and Wales

*rounded

2. This was a total of 118,140 divorces.

Fact 2: There were 118,140 divorces in England and Wales in 2012

 

3. Almost half of these divorces occurred in the first 10 years of marriage.

Fact 3: Almost half of divorces occurred in the first 10 years of marriage.

 

4. Women were granted 65% of all divorces.

Fact 4: Women were granted 65% of all divorces

 

5. There were 9,703 men and 6,026 women aged over 60 who got divorced.

Fact 5: There were 9,703 men and 6,026 women aged over 60 who got divorced in 2012

 

6. One in seven divorces were granted as a result of adultery.

Fact 6: One in seven divorces were granted as a result of adultery

 

7. There were 719 (less than 1%) divorces granted because of desertion.

Fact 7: 719 (less than 1%) divorces were granted because of desertion

 

8. The average age* at divorce was 45 for men and 42 for women.

Fact 8: The average age* at divorce was 45 for men and 42 for women

*rounded

 

9. Most divorces (71%) were for first marriages.

Fact 9: Most divorces (71%) were for first marriages

 

10. 9% of couples divorcing had both been divorced before.

Fact 10: 9% of couples divorcing had both been divorced before.

 

11. 48% of couples divorcing had at least one child aged under 16 living with the family.

Fact 11: 48% of couples divorcing had at least one child aged under 16 living with the family

 

12. Divorces were most likely to occur between the 4th and 8th wedding anniversary.

Fact 12: Divorces were most likely to occur between the 4th and 8th wedding anniversary

 

13. It is expected that 42% of marriages will end in divorce.

Fact 13: It is expected that 42% of marriages will end in divorce

As you know, We are Divorce Solicitors in Honiton; We are Divorce Solicitors in Exeter; We are Divorce Solicitors in Taunton.

We are a Family Mediation Service in Honiton; We are a Family Mediation Service in Honiton; We are a Family Mediation Service in Taunton,

We are authorised to undertake Mediation MIAM appointments and are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency for Mediation and Family Law.

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