Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110
Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Country
These tables present data on divorces taking place in England and Wales. The tables contain data for dissolutions and annulments of marriage by previous marital status of persons divorcing, sex and age of persons divorcing, children of couples divorced and facts proven at divorce and to whom granted.
Divorces data before 2008 are available in the annual publication Marriage, Divorce and Adoption Statistics, England and Wales (Series FM2). The data years available include 1999 - 2007.
For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to divorces statistics, please see Divorces Metadata (382.4 Kb Pdf) and Quality and Methodology Information for Divorces (164.8 Kb Pdf) .
The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide annual divorce data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries.
Annual and quarterly divorce statistics are also available from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The total number of divorces is similar to ONS but does not match exactly. A statement about these differences is published on the ONS website.
We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.
The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.