Is Divorce Becoming More Common?

Getting divorced is one of the most stressful things you can do and it isn't always an easy decision.

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UK Divorce Trends


The good news is that the UK currently has the lowest divorce rate in about 40 years. However, approximately 40 percent of all marriages end in divorce, and most couples are together for at least ten years before making that difficult decision. Most couple get divorced in their 40s and about half of all divorces involve children younger than 16. About 60 percent of divorces are initiated by the wife. One of the biggest trends in the UK in recent years has been the decision of couples to stay married even though they aren't happy, often choosing to live apart and have a relationship based more on being friends. This perhaps isn't surprising given the emotional and financial cost of getting divorced, and the effects it can have on children. Same sex marriage has been legal in the UK since 2014, and divorce numbers have been low, with most couples staying together.


Why Do Couples Get Divorced?


Unreasonable behavior is the reason most commonly given for divorce in the UK, and this can mean anything from financial issues or a lack of emotional support to physical or verbal abuse. Couples can file for divorce quickly if they advised that unreasonable behavior is the reason, rather than having to wait to end their marriage if another reason is given. Money problems are a common reason for divorce, as are adultery, and one partner leaving or deserting the other. Older couples who are marrying for the second time are far less likely to get divorced, often because they have lived together first, and also because they have a better idea of what they want from the relationship.


How Much Does Divorce Cost?


Unfortunately it will cost you money to get divorced, although the exact cost will depend on the complexity of your situation, including the value of property and other assets, and whether children custody issues are involved. Currently it costs £550.00 to file the required paperwork with the court, and of course you will also have the cost of any lawyer's fees, as well as the cost of a valuer's fee for your home, and the various financial experts that will be needed to advise you on your financial affairs. And you may find that your costs are higher if you are the party actually initiating the divorce, although if it's an amicable divorce between both parties, that can help to keep the costs down. The first step in getting divorced is to file the required paperwork, or petition as it is known, with the court, who then considers the matter, a process that can take weeks, or months. You don't need to have the services of a divorce lawyer to get divorced, although it's probably recommended if you have extensive assets, potential child custody issues or a partner who is determined to make things as difficult as possible.