In 2010 approximately 42% of marriages were expected to end in divorce, compared to 45% in 2005. Furthermore, there was a drop in the number of divorces of 1.7% from 2010 to 2011. In Scotland the number of divorces dropped by 2.8% in the same period.
Divorce rates decreased from 2004 to 2011, with the exception of an increase in 2010. This could be explained by the recession meaning that fewer couples were prepared to divorce for financial reasons.
Alternatively, it could be argued that the additional financial constraints and pressures that the recession brought led to an increasing number of relationships breaking down. The ONS recently cited the 1990-1992 recession when there was a marked increase in divorces in the year that followed, 1993.
A further significant statistic is that the number of children under 16 whose parents divorced in 2011 decreased 31% from that in 2001.
This is a very difficult time of year for many families with all of the stresses and strains that the Christmas holidays and New Year bring. If you are considering separation, you might find it helpful to seek professional advice from one of our Family Solicitors through our Free Initial Consultation.
Alternatively, you may wish to give consideration to utilising our Mediation services. For more information about Mediation, please visit our designated Family Mediation webpage.
This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.