According to the Office of National Statistics report “Divorces in England and Wales: 2017”, released earlier today, divorce rates for opposite-sex couples in England and Wales are at their lowest level since 1973, which is around forty per cent lower than their peak in 1993.
Other key points from the report include:
In response to the report, Ros Bever, National Head of Family Law at Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth said:
“The latest ONS stats on marriage and divorce in England and Wales reflect trends that are in line with what the family law sector has seen in recent years. Divorces have dropped almost 5% from 2016 to 2017 and on the whole divorce rates for heterosexual couples are at their lowest since 1973. There are many couples who choose to cohabit instead of marry, and we have several times mentioned the woeful lack of provision in the law for cohabiting couples. The number of such couples cohabiting rises every year; they may well be put off by the formality of marriage but they are left with little legal protection available to them if their partner dies or in the event of a break-up. A review of the Cohabitation Bill, which was first introduced in 2008 but never made it past the early stages of parliament, is well overdue.”