The Office for National Statistics recently (2019) released new data and statistics on divorcing couples in 2018. We mapped these statistics on to an infographic which you can see below. We’ve also summarised the main points below and offered some comments too based on what we’re experiencing as a divorce services company.
It’s estimated that the drop in divorces (which is at it’s lowest rate since 2017) is due to the administrative backlog. The courts are inundated with paperwork and haven’t processed divorce paperwork for many couples.
Divorce centres across England and Wales processed a backlog of paperwork in 2018, resulting in 8% more divorce petitions. It’s likely we will see a rise in divorce rates in 2019 because of this.
Marriage rates have more than halved since the 1960s and 1970s. This is largely due to a change in attitudes to cohabitation as an alternative to marriage or prior to marriage, particularly at younger ages.
This has been contributing to the decrease in divorce rates over the last 25 years. Over this period, levels of cohabitation increased so that by 2016, almost 9 in 10 couples (88%) were cohabiting before marriage.