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Divorce numbers up in 2010, data shows

Divorce numbers up in 2010, data shows

An increased number of marriages in the UK ended in divorce in 2010, new official data has revealed.

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (December 8th), a total of 119,589 legal separations took place - which represents a rise of 4.9 per cent on the 113,949 occurring one year previously.

This, the body indicated, shows that out of every 1,000 marriages taking place in the UK, 11.1 now end in divorce in comparison to 10.5 in 2009.

Meanwhile, in terms of age groups, couples between 40 and 44 had the highest break-up rate last year.

A report produced along with the data by the ONS stated that these numbers may be "consistent with the theory that recession is associated with an increased risk of divorce", due to the financial pressure it exerts on households.

Recently, the ONS revealed that a growing number of over-60s are separating.

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Posted by Chris Stevenson