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Decline in Divorce Rates: Exploring Factors and Future Trends

by Ridley & Hall in Divorce, Family & Matrimonial, Vicky Medd posted March 18, 2024.
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The latest figures regarding divorces in 2022 were released last month, revealing a significant decrease in the number of divorces compared to the previous year. In 2021, there were 113,505 divorces granted, whereas in 2022, the number dropped to 80,057.

Factors Behind the Decline in Divorce Rates

The cost of living crisis has been identified as a contributing factor, with many households feeling financially strained. While this is undoubtedly a significant element, it may not be the sole reason for the decline.

A pressing issue currently is the prolonged duration of divorce proceedings, particularly with paper applications through Bury St Edmunds Court, which are currently moving at a sluggish pace. Furthermore, many clients are advised to delay applying for the final decree of divorce (formerly known as the decree absolute) until the financial aspects of their case are resolved.

Once again, the courts are grappling with increased delays, resulting in lengthier processing times for cases. This backlog is particularly prominent in the southern regions of England, although the northern courts appear to be coping slightly better.

Impact of No Fault Divorce Implementation

There were concerns that the introduction of no-fault divorces would lead to a significant surge in divorce applications. However, this has not been the case. It is anticipated that case numbers may rise again this year if the economy shows signs of improvement.

For all your family law requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact our divorce and family law solicitor, Vicky Medd, Head of Family Law in Huddersfield and Barnsley.

Vicky Medd

Vicky Medd – Partner & Solicitor



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