Significant Rise in Divorces in England and Wales  

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Significant Rise in Divorces in England and Wales  

According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) there has been a significant rise in divorces in England and Wales.  

Significant Rise in Divorces in England and Wales

The data reveals that in 2019 the number of couples getting divorced in England and Wales increased by almost a fifth, making it the highest figure in 5 years.  

There were 107,559 heterosexual (opposite sex) couples granted divorce in 2019, which is an 18.4% increase from the previous year. Also, the number of same sex couples getting divorced has doubled, from 428 in 2018 to 822 in 2019. However the ONS has said a casework backlog in 2018 could be accountable for the significant increase.  

The ONS data reported that the most common ground for divorce between same-sex couples was that of Unreasonable Behaviour. This ground  was commonly used among heterosexual couples, with 49% of wives and 35% of husbands filing for divorce on this ground  

How to Get a Divorce in the UK?

To be able to get a divorce in the UK, you must have been married for at least one year and able to prove that the marriage has broken down  irretrievably . There are then five grounds that you  would use to pursue the divorce unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion, living apart for 5 years or living apart for 2 years (with  both spouses consenting to divorce). 

However, major changes are expected to divorce law in 2021 with the introduction of new legislation that will simplify the divorce procedure with the introduction of “no-fault” divorce. For more information on getting a divorce read our article covering the 10 common divorce questions and answers 

It has been predicted that there will be a ‘divorce boom’ as the Coronavirus pandemic has put an immense strain on relationships with Citizens Advice reporting an increase in people searching for their divorce guidance.  

Divorce and Family Law Solicitors  

If you are considering divorce  it is always advisable to seek legal advice from specialist Divorce and Family Law Solicitors. Our friendly and professional Solicitors will help guide you through not only the divorce procedure but will be able to offer tailored advice specific to your own situation in relation to  distributing the family  assets  and also arrangements regarding any children  

We follow the Resolution Code of Practice by promoting a constructive approach to divorce and family issues, which considers the needs of the entire family. Our solicitors aim to reduce stress and keep costs low.  

To speak to our Divorce and Family Law Department please contact us on 033 3344 9600 or email [email protected] with your request. 

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