17 February 2011
Official figures show divorce rates at their lowest level since 1977
The number of divorce settlements being reached in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level for 32 years, new official figures have shown.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the divorce rate in the two nations dropped to 10.5 people separating per thousand in the married population in 2009, which is a decline of 6.3 per cent on the figure recorded one year previously.
This represents the lowest level of official break-ups - which, British legislation states, can only occur after a couple have been married for more than one year - since 1977, when the figure was 10.3 people per thousand married.
Meanwhile, the statistics show an ongoing trend in terms of the age of those who opt for divorce as, for the fifth year in succession, couples in their late twenties had the highest break-up rate of all groups.
In addition, the wife was granted the divorce in 67 per cent of all such cases across England and Wales in 2009.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett