Dissolutions and annulments of marriage, by previous marital status, sex and age of divorcees and fact proven at divorce. Following the Children and Families Act 2014, couples divorcing are no longer required to provide information on children as part of the divorce process. Consequently children information will no longer be included in our divorces release; figures based on incomplete data would be misleading

Publications

Data

  • Divorces in England and Wales

    Annual divorce numbers and rates, by petitioner and decree granted, sex, age, previous marital status and percentage of marriages ending in divorce by year of marriage.

Methodology

  • User guide to divorce statistics

    Supporting information for divorce statistics in England and Wales. Figures are based on information recorded during the divorce process.

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Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
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