Latest Divorce Rates in the UK

In a multitude of ways society has moved forward. Technology is a good example of this. We are so advanced that even in our daily lives it can be difficult to keep up with the advances that are made every day. A new, smarter, smaller mobile phone comes out every week. When you buy a new television a better one comes out a few weeks later – there are now TV’s which double as computers and can access the internet. You can Skype from your TV and of course do a whole lot of other things. In technology we have moved forward, in finance we seem to have gone backwards. And when it comes to social acceptance and advancement it really seems to depend on who you speak to. In some countries same sex marriage has been legalised, but there is still a deep rooted suspicion about it. And when it comes to divorce, some would say that it has become too popular and acceptable.

Marriage began life as a religious institution, but today it is a legal institution. You would think that time would remove the stigma of divorce, but for many this is just not the case. Divorce rates have actually been declining. Divorce rates rose, particularly in the 1970’s, when women went into the workforce and divorce was liberalised. During the post-war period divorce rates increased significantly and it is happening again.

After years of a decreasing divorce rate the rates are going up and many have ascribed this to the current financial crisis. Interestingly, enough critics have ascribed the previous, post-war, increase to the difficulty in managing a two income household where men were used to being the provider. Now people are getting divorced for a completely different financial reason. The recession has meant that many people have lost their jobs, are unable to pay their mortgages, single income households are simply not a realistic possibility anymore and with the added financial pressures, many couples are choosing to get divorced.

In 2009 the divorce rate was 113,949, it is now up by 4.9% to 119,589. The highest rate of divorce has been found in men and women from the ages 40 to 44. Financial pressure can be the end of a relationship. It is very romantic to think of marriage as an institution based solely on love, but marriage is far more than that.

The reasons for people getting married have changed over the years. From using marriage as a form of exchange, it was romanticised to be a union of love, and now it is somewhere in the middle. People may get married for love, but once you are married it becomes a domestic setting and this is where a lot of unforeseen issues can come from. If a couple has not lived together before they get married, then living together can be a great stress. But more than that, the stress of maintaining a particular lifestyle in a time of financial crisis can be more than any couple can handle.