28 September 2011
Marriages 'more likely to end in divorce than civil partnerships'
Civil partnerships are less likely to end in divorce than marriages, new official research has revealed.
According to data collated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), it is more probable that couples involved in traditional matrimony will go through a separation than their same-sex counterparts.
Figures show that more than 42,000 gay partners in England and Wales have tied the knot since civil partnerships were introduced six years go, with 2.5 per cent of these ending in divorce.
By comparison, 5.5 per cent of the marriages involving men and women taking place in the same timeframe eventually resulted in a legal termination being granted.
The ONS report stated: "Early figures suggest that marriages are more likely to end in divorce than civil partnerships are to end in dissolution."
Recently, it emerged that former Atomic Kitten member and reality TV star Kerry Katona had finalised her separation from husband Mark Croft in proceedings that lasted just 47 seconds at the High Court in London.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson