Divorces taking place covering dissolutions and annulments of marriage by previous marital status, sex and age of persons divorcing, children of divorced couples, fact proven at divorce and to whom granted.
There were 106,959 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2016, an increase of 5.8% compared with 2015.
There were 112 divorces of same-sex couples in 2016; of these 78% were among female couples.
In 2016, there were 8.9 divorces of opposite-sex couples per 1,000 married men and women aged 16 and over (divorce rates), an increase of 4.7% since 2015; however, divorce rates in 2016 are over 20% lower than the recent peak in divorce rate in 2003 and 2004.
Divorce statistics by age at marriage and duration of marriage are provided in these tables. Cohort analyses providing the percentage of marriages ending in divorce by year of marriage and anniversary and proportions of men/women who have ever divorced by age and year of birth are also included.