Divorce Is No Longer The Answer In The Breakdown Of Marriages

The BBC reported prior to the Christmas break that statistics suggest that only 42% of marriages end in divorce. This is a reduction from information provided by the Office for National Statistics from 45% in 2005. It is also understood that during 2011 divorce was highest amongst parties aged between 40 and 44 years.

One of the reasons for the decline in divorce may be as a result of people preferring to live together rather than getting married. In addition, the recession in 2008 – 2009 may have had some bearing on people, firstly being unable to afford to get married, and secondly, people who are already married being unable to separate due to reliance on joint income and capital.

There are also theories that parties are less likely to consider separation until such time as the economic downturn has improved.

Sadly the statistics also impact on children, with almost half of parties divorcing having at least one child under the age of 16 years, accordingly to figures from 2011.

Regrettably there is no easy answer to relationship breakdown. In addition to the above is the removal of public funding, to be introduced in April 2013, assisting parties with separation from marriage or cohabitation, you can find more information about legal aid reform here – http://www.justice.gov.uk/legal-aid/newslatest-updates/legal-aid-reform.

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Gill Carr

About Gill Carr

Gill Carr is an Associate Solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Gill’s blogs cover his specialisms of child protection, acting for both parents and children together with family members. Gill also advises and comments upon forced marriage, divorce, separation, child arrangements and financial matters. Gill writes about current legislation and case law relating to family law.
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