Divorce rates have risen for the first time in five years

Divorce rates have risen for the first time in five years

There were 106,959 divorces between opposite-sex couples in 2016, a 5.8% rise from the year before, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found.

The median duration of marriage (the mid-point of all durations) for same-sex couples who divorced in 2016 was 4.6 years for men and 2.2 years for women.

However, he stressed that the overall trend over the past few years had been downward.

However, the statistics agency didn't give a reason why these couples divorced.

The average divorce age has increased year-on-year since 1985, when it was typically in the mid-30s.

Some 9,848 men aged over 60 divorced past year, up from 8,697.

Holly Mackay, CEO of Boring Money, said, "Although much is made of intergenerational wealth transfer, we see a more immediate shift from men to women, driven largely by increasing divorce rates and women living for longer". Divorces among over-60 women rose from 6,128 to 5,554. When it came to the cause, unreasonable behaviour - which can include having a sexual relationship with someone else - was the most common grounds, accounting for 96% of divorces among men and 93% among women.

Around 28 per cent were to the older age group, confirming the rise of the so-called "silver splitters" who decide to end their relationship in later life. The ONS highlights that divorce rates in 2016 are over 20% lower than the recent peak in divorce between 2003 and 2004.

Divorce rates among opposite-sex couples in 2016 were highest among men aged 45 to 49 and among women in their thirties (ages 30 to 39).

A total of 112 same sex couples divorced in 2016 and almost 80 per cent of these were female, the Office for National Statistics has reported.

Sam Hall, the Senior Partner of Hall Brown Family Law, said he believed Brexit had hit marital stability.



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