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Divorces in 2015 fell by 9 per cent compared with previous year

Fall in divorces is consistent with decline in new marriages

The Office for National Statistics has published statistics for the number of divorces, dissolutions and annulments in 2015. Data are shown by previous marital status, sex and age of divorcees and fact proven at divorce. Following the Children and Families Act 2014, couples divorcing are no longer required to provide information on children as part of the divorce process. Consequently children information will no longer be included in our divorces release.

The main points are as follows:

The Office for National Statistics noted that the fall in divorces between 2003 and 2009 is consistent with a decline in the number of marriages over the same period; the decrease in marriages may be due to the increasing number of couples choosing to cohabit rather than enter into marriage. Following a small rise in the number of divorces in 2009, there was a period of relative stability between 2010 and 2012, divorces continued to decline between 2013 and 2015.

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