Office for National Statistics sets out ‘13 facts about divorce’

The Office for National Statistics has recently published data about divorce in England and Wales in 2012.

Rayhana Kausar, a Graduate Chartered Legal Executive in Astle Paterson’s Family Department notes that “The ONS has recently set out 13 facts from the data it has collected about divorce in 2012;

  1. ‘ There were 13 divorces an hour in England and Wales in 2012.
  2. This was a total of 118,140 divorces.
  3. Almost half of these divorces occurred in the first 10 years of marriage.
  4. Women were granted 65% of all divorces.
  5. There were 9,703 men and 6,026 women aged over 60 who got divorced.
  6. One in seven divorces were granted as a result of adultery.
  7. There were 719 (less than 1%) divorces granted because of desertion.
  8. The average age at divorce was 45 for men and 42 for women.
  9. Most divorces (71%) were for first marriages.
  10. 9% of couples divorcing had both been divorced before.
  11. 48% of couples divorcing had at least one child aged under 16 living with the family.
  12. Divorces were most likely to occur between the 4th and 8th wedding anniversary.
  13. It is expected that 42% of marriages will end in divorce.’

Given the relatively high number of marriages which result in divorce, it is essential that people realise that many difficulties can be made easier with planning – both in the form of Pre-Nuptial Agreements prior to the marriage taking place and in the form of agreements reached during the marriage (Ante-Nuptial Agreements) as to what should happen in the event of divorce.

If you are in the process of separating, early legal advice can be crucial by reducing the impact on you and your children – both financially and emotionally.”

At Astle Paterson (Solicitors in Burton upon Trent) we have a wealth of experience in advising on divorce matters.

Please contact Rayhana Kausar, Graduate Chartered Legal Executive in Astle Paterson’s Family Department on 01283 531366 or by way of email to

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