Divorce rate set to rise as economy recovers
The divorce rate is set to rise, according to lawyers in a survey published today.
More than three quarters of family lawyers surveyed say parting couples have delayed the start of their divorce proceedings in order to see out the recession, and nearly half of legal firms surveyed said that due to the recession they had seen a marked decrease in divorces.
The results came from a survey of 85 of Britain’s leading family lawyer firms by Grant Thornton as part of its 10th annual matrimonial study.
Nick Andrews, partner in the firm’s forensic and investigation services, said: “In tough economic times, when people’s budgets are tight it is perhaps not surprising to see a fall in the divorce rate.
Now that there is continuing positive economic news, it could be that the divorce rate will start to edge up again.”
The survey has also found that people in their forties are the ones most likely to seek a way out of their marriage.
Some 86 per cent of family lawyers said that the most common age of their clients divorcing was 40 to 49, and 38 per cent said they had seen an increase in the divorcing parties’ ages. This year also showed the highest proportion of long marriages ending in divorce, with 14 per cent of lawyers saying that the majority of divorces they handled were from marriages over 20 years.