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Posted 10 January 2016
by Aimee Aspinall

Latest divorce figures from Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics has published the latest figures for 2013 regarding divorce.

Points of note include:

a. Divorces decreased by 2.9% on the previous year;

b. The average age for divorce was 42 for women and 45 for men.

c. The number of divorces was highest among those aged 40-44 but the highest rates for women were seen by those in their late 20s and for men those in their late 30s and early 40s;

d.The number of divorces involving men and women over 50 increased;

e. 19% of divorcees had been divorced before;

f. 65% of divorces were granted to wives (i.e. the wife was the petitioner).

g. 54% of petitions by wives were based on unreasonable behaviour whereas only 38% of husband’s petitions were on the same basis;

h. 48% of divorcing couples had at least 1 child under 16 years of age.

We understand that divorce can be a very hard time, and our team is here to help guide you through the difficult process. If you wish to speak to one of our expert family lawyers for divorce or separation, please contact us.

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About the author

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

Chartered Legal Executive in the Exeter family team