With high profile celebrity splits and the visibility of social media, it may seem that divorces are more prevalent than ever. However, in the UK, the exact opposite is true – divorce rates have been falling heavily over the last decade.
Using the data on divorce rates around the world, we can draw the following conclusions
1990-99 was the ‘worst’ decade in 40 years terms of divorces
Total divorces are at their lowest figure in over 40 years
Between 2010-17, total divorces were 21% lower than 1970-79 and 42% lower than 1990-99!
The most recent average yearly divorce rate is 111357 divorces each year (2010-17) compared to 112985 (1970-79).
At its highest rate between 1990-99, there were an average of 154,477 divorces per year in the UK. That’s 36% higher than the most recent decade.
How do we compare to the world?
The results are simple. We are divorcing far less often than we have at any other time in the past 40 years.
Around the world, this compares pretty favourably. Here are some informative divorce statistics and facts.
Using data from the UN Demographic Yearbook 2017 we can see that the UK has a relatively low rate of divorce at 1.8 per 1,000 people.
The average rate across the world per 1,000 is 2.0. Compared to countries in America, Europe and around the world, people in the UK are divorcing far less.
Qatar and Guatemala share the lowest divorce rate in the world at just 0.4 divorces per 1000 people.
Russia has the highest divorce rate at 4.2 divorces per 1000.
The UK has a relatively low divorce rate compared to other western countries and is 0.2 below the global average.
What to do if you face divorce?
While divorce rates are falling, there are still hundreds of thousands of divorce decrees issued each decade in the UK.
If you find your marriage is irreconcilable and need advice, Beecham Peacock solicitors are here to help. Learn more about the divorce process and how we can help you on our website.
The statistics are from the UN Demographic Yearbook and Office of National Statistics on behalf of Beecham Peacock.
8 Reasons for divorce in the UK
Alongside global rates vs uk divorce rate, here’s an overview of what causes a marriage to be irretrievably broken down.
Infidelity – Affairs are a major reason that leave a marriage with a trail of tears and irreparable damage.
Couples outgrow one another– Sometimes one or both the partners have outgrown a relationship, drifted apart with nothing left between them that bonds them together.
Abuse-Any form of abuse in marriage- psychological, physical or mental leads to a broken marriage.
Change in appearance – Shallow as it may sound, but some divorces are a direct outcome of changes in appearance, weight gain or negligence in self maintenance.
Conflicting parenting ideologies – Different parenting ideas can cause a rift between spouses as each one finds it difficult to accept the difference of opinion.
Marriage finances-Money problems in marriage can a driving factor for divorce for many. Lack of transparency in money discussions, individual money mindset, debts and spending habits can all strain a marital partnership.
Addiction-Addiction to alcohol, drug abuse, gambling or any form of substance abuse can lead to a host of other problems in a marriage and finally result in the end of a marriage.
Communication breakdown-Lack of healthy communication in a marriage leads to a relationship stalemate, leaves couples full of resentment and unwilling to work at improving their marriage. Once a relationship breaks down because of poor communication in marriage, it is a sure-fire predictive of a divorce.
Also watch: 7 Most Common Reasons for Divorce
Divorce is never a pleasant experience but it is always good to know the reasons that lead to a marriage breakdown.
Awareness of the reasons that can potentially lead to divorce, can help you break the unhealthy and toxic patterns in your marriage and stop them from eroding away at your relationship.
If you feel disconnected or frustrated about the state of your marriage but want to avoid separation and/or divorce, the marriage.com course meant for married couples is an excellent resource to help you overcome the most challenging aspects of being married.
Sophia has been with Beecham Peacock since 2003 and a partner in the firm since 2006. She has 20 years’ experience in family law work. Her particular interests lie in proceedings concerning matrimonial assets and children. She is an accredited specialist with Resolution in the areas of Advanced Financial Provision and Private Children Law. She is also Accredited on the Law Society Advanced Accreditation scheme for work relating to Domestic Abuse. Highly motivated with a strong sense of fairness and justice, Sophia always strives for her clients.