The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed a fall in the number of divorces that took place in England and Wales during 2014.
The figures show that:
According to the ONS, the fall in divorces is consistent with a decline in the number of marriages over the same period. The ONS suggests that the decrease in marriages may be due to the increasing number of couples choosing to cohabit rather than enter into marriage. Following a period of relative stability in the number of divorces between 2009 and 2012, divorces continued to decline in 2013 and 2014.
“Compared with 2004, divorce rates in 2014 were lower for all age groups except women aged 55 and over,” commented Nicola Haines, from the ONS. “Likely factors include increased cohabiting and increasing age at first marriage. Previous research indicates a higher risk of divorce among those marrying at younger ages, whilst cohabitation may be reducing the number of weaker relationships progressing to marriage.”
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