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December 11, 2019


Drop in Divorce Rate

Official figures have shown that divorce rate has fallen to its lowest for almost 50 years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently published data which shows that there were “…90,871 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2018, a decrease of 10.6% compared with 2017 and the lowest number since 1971.”

Research has shown that the divorce rate for those marriages that took place in the mid 1990’s have generally decreased in percentage.

The Divorce Reform Act 1969, which came into effect on 1 January 1971, made it easier for couples to divorce upon separation and potentially divorce will be even easier should the no blame divorce campaign prove to be successful.

So why the drop in the divorce rate?  There are mixed reviews as to why there has been a drop in divorce.  Some believe that the children of parents who have been through the traumatic experience of seeing their parents’ divorce are more cautious and wish to avoid going through similar experiences themselves.  Others would argue that less people are getting married and more are living together which would have an impact of the statistics.

Whatever the truth may be it is encouraging to see that divorce rates are on the decrease and families are able to resolve any differences they have and make things work.  As lawyers we always ask whether or not there is any prospect of a reconciliation when advising clients and signpost clients to the appropriate professionals.

However in some cases the marriage has broken down irretrievably and despite good will on the part of the clients and their advisors divorce is the only way forward.  In such cases we here at QualitySolicitors Davisons, with our expert team of Family lawyers will assist, advise and guide our clients through the emotionally and in some cases financially challenging time.  We have a wealth of knowledge and experience amongst our team of Family lawyers spread across our 7 offices.  We manage client expectations by offering fixed fee appointments so that clients can get the advice they need to make an informed decision.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me, Nesheela Nazir, Director and Head of Matrimonial Department on my direct dial 0121 685 1257 or email me at


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