Divorce Numbers Reach Highest Since 2009

Official figures have shown that the number of divorces in 2016 was the highest since 2009. There were 106,959 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2016. This is an increase of 5.8% compared to 2015. Of 112 divorces of same-sex couples in 2016, 78% involved female couples.

In opposite-sex marriages, the divorce rate was highest for women in their 30s and men aged 45-49.

There were 8.9 divorces per 1,000 married men and women. 51% of women and 36% of men petitioned for divorce on the basis of their spouse's unreasonable behaviour. Overall, 61% of opposite-sex divorces were started by women.

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