Rainscourt Family Law Solicitors

The UK divorce rate: who is divorcing and why

I have attached below the figures produced by the UK Office of National Statistics, which is the recognised UK national statistical institute. The UK divorce rate statistics included in this table deal with divorces for the calender year 2011.  The 2012 figures will not be produced until the end of this calender year (2013). The table helpfully shows whether husband or wife is applying for the divorce, and which fact they are relying on to secure that divorce. The ONS have also produced isolated figures for the over 60s group: behaviour is the most popular divorce fact for wives, regardless of their age, with husbands more frequently relying on separation or behaviour pre 60 and separation post 60.

Divorces granted to a sole party: Party to whom granted and fact proven at divorce, 2011                
England and Wales                
                 
                 
Numbers                
                 
Party to whom granted Fact proven  
Total Adultery Behaviour Desertion Separation (2 years and consent) Separation (5 years) Others1  
Husband (all ages) 40,369 6,173 14,597 216 13,046 6,319 18  
Wife (all ages) 77,016 11,129 41,835 319 16,773 6,801 159  
Husband (aged 60+) 3,514 338 944 17 968 1,244 3  
Wife (aged 60+) 3,706 496 1,746 17 656 788 3  
                 
Percentages                
                 
Party to whom granted Fact proven  
Total Adultery Behaviour Desertion Separation (2 years and consent) Separation (5 years) Others1  
Husband (all ages) 100 15 36 1 32 16 0  
Wife (all ages) 100 14 54 0 22 9 0  
Husband (aged 60+) 100 10 27 0 28 35 0  
Wife (aged 60+) 100 13 47 0 18 21 0  
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