February 18, 2011

Young brides and bridegrooms most likely to divorce


by Jan Harris

The latest divorce figures from the Office for National Statistics highlight a trend for couples who marry in their 20s to divorce.

The divorce rate among 25-29 year-olds is twice the average, with 21.7 men and 25.1 women per 1,000 in this age group divorcing in 2009.

The figures also show that people are turning to divorce more quickly, rather than taking time to try to improve their relationship before deciding to end the marriage.

According to relationship experts, the change in attitude is related to celebrity culture which has given rise to the phrase “starter marriage” as so many celebrities’ first marriages end within five years.

On a positive note the overall number of divorces in England and Wales in 2009 fell to its lowest level since 1974, although this was partly because fewer people are choosing to marry in the first place.

The number of divorces registered in England and Wales in 2009 fell to 114,000, a fall of 6.4% compared with 2008.

The proportion of married couples divorcing also fell, with an average of 10.5 people divorcing out of every 1,000 married individuals, compared with 11.2 per 1,000 in 2008.

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