Divorce rate for heterosexual couples lowest since 1973

Data published by the Office for National Statistics shows that there were 8.4 divorces of heterosexual couples per 1,000 married men and women last year. This is a 45-year low and a 6 per cent decrease from 2016. However, divorce rates between same sex couples increased from 112 to 228 in a year.

The statistics show that for all couples unreasonable behaviour was the most common reason for divorce, with 83 per cent of women and 73 per cent of men citing it in their petition.

These statistics show a trend of less couples choosing to get married, and therefore less divorces.

If you are currently going through a divorce or separation or are considering separating from your partner feel free to contact one of our specialist family lawyers at George Green LLP who will be able to support and guide you through the process.

If you would like any further information please contact Mark Vandaele at our Wolverhampton office on 01902 796 930 or Rachel Baker at our Cradley Heath office on 01384 340 580.