The Divorce of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has been all over the news this week, but it turns out that the rate of divorce is the lowest it’s been in 40 years.
The Ministry of Justice found that in 2011 the Divorce rate had dropped one per cent from 2010 and that the petitions filed for divorce went down from 133,499 to 129,298.
Divorces became popular in the 1970’s with the introduction of a quickie divorce and the peaked in 1993 with the figures at more than 165,000.
The decline in divorces is thought to be because less people are getting married, and when they are, they are marrying later on in life.
A Ministry of Justice analyst says, “The decline reflects the smaller married population and a higher average age at marriage.
“The younger a person marries, the higher the probability of divorce so the trend to delay marriage has contributed to the decline in divorce over the last 20 years.”
The lowest figures of divorce were recorded in 2009 at 115,174. The figures were thought to be so low due to the recession and financial difficulties between couples who already had a rocky relationship.
This is thought to have sparked the sharp rises in divorce in 2010, but the fall has now been restored by the latest figures.
The Office for National Statistics say that the last year there were fewer than 120,000 before the current figure was 1974.
Cara Mason @Cara_FAM