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Divorce – Facts and Figures

March 29th, 2014

The Office for National Statistics has released their findings relating to divorces in England and Wales in 2012. The number of divorces in England and Wales in 2012 was 118,140, an increase of 0.5% since 2011. The number of divorces in 2012 was highest among men and women aged 40 – 44. For those married in 1972, 22% of marriages had ended in divorce by their 15th wedding anniversary whereas for those married in 1997, almost a third of marriages had ended by this time. The statistics do not include divorces to couples usually resident in England and Wales which took place abroad. Nor do they include couples who had separated without completing a divorce. Almost half (48%) of couples divorcing in 2012 had at least one child aged under 16 living in the family.

Unreasonable behaviour is the most usual ground cited for a divorce. It remains the case that the vast majority of divorces are undefended, although you still need a ground to be able to proceed; there is no divorce on demand.

Unless the divorce is disputed or there is an argument over who pays the costs of the divorce, in the vast majority of cases nobody needs to attend court to obtain a divorce. You may still need to go if there is a dispute over financial matters or children. For a straight-forward undefended divorce, the procedure is generally straight forward and the costs are fairly modest. We will be able to let you know what the costs in your case are likely to be, at the outset, so there are no nasty surprises. We offer new matrimonial clients a one off half hour fixed fee appointment.

If you are considering a divorce and would like to discuss this, and your options, please contact our expert Jenny Russell on 01494 773377 or by e-mail at


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