Plummeting Divorce Rates: Men Behaving Better

Divorce rates are down by 27% since the early 2000s, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

But why? What is going on? It’s nothing to do with fewer people marrying. Wedding rates are down 10-15% during the 2000s. Yet there are still at least two weddings for every divorce.

We commissioned ONS to tell us how many divorces were granted to wives and husbands in each year, and how long each marriage had lasted.

Our new analysis of this data – downloadable now from our website and reported in today’s Sunday Times – reveals a huge shift during the last decade of divorce in the early years of marriage.

Comparing the latest divorce rates for couples who married one, two, three, years ago etc with only the couples who got married in 1986 – the worst year in UK history to get married in…

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