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Divorce rates up in England and Wales

As family lawyers we’re frequently asked how many marriages end in divorce.

In 2013 the Office for National Statistics reported that 42% of marriages ended in divorce, nearly half of all marriages. In 2011 more than 235,000 people divorced and in the same year the average age of people divorcing was 44.5 years for men and 42.1 years for women.

In 2012 the Office for National Statistics reported that 66% of divorces were on the petition of the wife and almost half of divorces involved children under the age of 16.

In 2011 it was the first divorce for both partners in 70.1% of cases, while in 19.7% cases one party had been divorced previously, and in 9.6% of cases both had divorced previously.

Sadly divorce and the breakdown of relationships are a common occurrence of modern family life but it is how we deal with the breakdown of those relationships and sort out what happens to the children and financial assets that can affect the overall outcome and the health and well-being of everyone involved.

At Slater and Gordon we offer a range of different options to help including legal advice from our family solicitors, collaborative law and family mediation.

Family mediation is an alternative to divorce court proceedings and involves a series of meetings between the separating couple and the mediator. Throughout the process they work with the mediator, to help them both reach an agreement that they both feel comfortable with. Mediation gives the couple a degree of control over the speed and cost and is invariably quicker and less expensive than divorce court proceedings. In fact it is now compulsory except in certain exceptional circumstances to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to find out if mediation is suitable and the best way forward.

For further information contact us here and we'll be happy to help you. 

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