Number of divorces has risen for first time this decade

Number of divorces has risen for first time this decade

The number of divorces has risen for the first time this decade with the divorce rate per 1,000 married people now 8.9 – an increase of 4.7%.

This is the first time divorces have increased since 2009/10, with men increasingly the ones seeking formal separation.

The average length of a marriage is now 12 years – the longest since 1972, with the most common reason for divorce being “unreasonable behaviour”, with 51% of women and 36% of men citing it in their divorce petitions.

According to Relate, the relationship support charity, money worries are one of the top strains on relationships and it rising levels of household debt and stagnating pay growth could be contributing factors.

Samantha Markham of Gotelee Solicitors, explains: “If the worst comes to the worst and your relationship is broken beyond repair, Gotelee’s solicitors, based in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Woodbridge or Melton, have years of experience and will ensure you receive appropriate guidance and practical support.

We offer a tailored service, ensuring we are at your side every step of the way – and giving you the peace of mind that you won’t be dealt any nasty surprises in the months and years to come.

To find out more or to make a fixed fee appointment, call 01394 218302.

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