The Divorce Rate in the UK.
This article will provide information about divorce in the UK. This article does not seek to explain how to get a divorce or even the grounds for divorce in England and Wales, it does however outline trends in divorces in the UK.
We are always being told that the rate of divorce is increasing each year, and whilst it has increased steadily since the 1970s, it hasn't done so recently. The increasing rate of divorce is actually not increasing. This article will outline information regarding the rate of divorce in the UK.
The 1970s saw a sharp increase in the number of divorces per 1000 married people. The rate of divorce was about 9 people per 1,000 married couples in the early part of the 1970s. This steadily increased to nearly 12 people per 1,000 married couples to the latter part of the 1970s. During the 1970s it is clear that more and more people were getting divorce. An interesting fact is also that the number of marriages per year steadily decreased during the 1970s. In the early part of the 1970s, there were about 380,000 new marriages and 100,000 re-marriages, bringing to the total to about 480,000 marriages per year. By the end of the 1970s, this rate had dropped to about 280,000 new marriages and a slight increase of re-marriages to, 120,000.
The 1970s saw a decrease in the number of marriages and an increase in the number of divorces.
Again, the 1980s saw an increase in the number of divorces per 1,000 married couples. In the beginning of the 1980s, there were about 11 divorces per 1,000 married couples. This increased to about 13.5 divorces per 1,000 married couples and subsequently finished at about 13 divorces per 1,000 couples in the UK towards the end of the 1980s.
The 1980s saw the marriage rate further decrease with about 280,000 first marriages and re-marriages increased slightly to around 140,000 marriages per year. Bringing the total number of marriages to about 420,000 marriages per year.
The 1980s saw an increase in the number of divorces and a decrease in the number of marriages.
The 1990s is an interesting decade for divorces, the start and finish of the 1990s were about the same: about 13 divorces per 1,000 married couples. It did, however, increase in the mid 1990s to about 14 divorces per 1,000 married couples and subsequently dropped back down again to 13 divorces per 1,000 married couples.
The marriage rate in the 1990s, the total number of marriages in the UK was about 400,000 in the early part of the 1990s. This significantly dropped to about 300,000 marriages towards the end of the 1990s.
The 1990s saw less marriages and about the same divorces.
This decade brings us up to the present figures, and is the most interesting. In the early part of the new millennium, there were about 13 divorces per 1,000 married couples. This figure has dropped dramatically to around 10.5 divorces per 1,000 married couples therefore bringing the divorce rate back to what it was in the mid 1970s.
Marriages in the first decade of the new millennium has also stayed about the same, if not decreasing ever so slightly. More or less the same number of people are getting married in this decade, and less people are getting divorced. The total number of marriages for the whole decade was about 275,000 marriages. A sharp decrease from the numbers in the 1970s.
Although the rate of divorce has steadily increased in recent decades, the last decade actually saw a significant decrease in the number of divorces per 1,000 married couples. Therefore, it is arguable that the number of divorces isn't increasing at all, it is in fact decreasing.
Less people are getting married and now, less people are getting divorced than in recent decades bringing the rate of divorce back down to something similar that was found in the 1970s.
Divorces are not increasing and marriages are decreasing over the last 40 years in the UK.