Figure 7: Median duration of marriage for opposite sex couples, 1963 to 2015
England and Wales
Source: Office for National Statistics
The Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 came into effect in England and Wales on 12 October 1984. The Act replaced the minimum time interval between the date of marriage and being able to file a petition for divorce from 3 years to 1 year, resulting in a fall in the median duration of marriage in 1985.