Divorces in England and Wales: 2016

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  • 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.
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