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Home / News and Insights / Press / Divorce rate jumps to an eight-year high

Newly released data found that divorce rates spiked throughout England and Wales reaching their the highest number in eight years; meanwhile adult children are opting to stay at home for longer. In total, 113,505 couples were granted a divorce in 2021 alone, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is a 9.6 per cent increase on the last reporting period in 2020 when there were 103,592 divorces. It also marks the highest divorce rate since 2013.

Statistics for April 2021 to April 2022 released earlier this year indicated more than 12,000 new divorce applications were filed as ‘no-fault’.

Zoe Rose, senior associate in BDB Pitmans’ family and matrimonial team, told MailOnline that many couples who started their divorce proceedings in 2020 could not have them finalised until 2021, which potentially skewed the divorce rate data.

Zoe Rose’s comments were also featured in Eprivateclient, where she noted that:

‘…the majority of couples are managing to balance the pressures of adjusting to married life, having children, and working commitments, with the average length of a marriage ending in divorce rising to just over 12 years’.

If you require any advice regarding separation or divorce, please do get in contact with our specialist family team, who will be able to advise on your specific circumstances.

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