John Simkin Posted September 1, 2004 Share Posted September 1, 2004 According to the Office for National Statistics the number of divorces in England and Wales rose 3.9% in 2003 compared to the previous year. There were153,490 divorces in 2003. This was the third successive year of rising divorce rates. The record year was 165,018 in 1993. It was thought that the rising number of couples not getting married would keep the divorce rate from increasing. The Office for National Statistics said the divorce rate in 2003 was equivalent to 13.9 % divorcing people per 1,000 married population, compared with 13.4% in 2002. Among men, the divorce rate was highest in the 30-34 age group, with 27.7 divorces per 1 000, the figures showed. Among women, the divorce rate was highest in the 25-29 age group at 28.9 divorces per 1000. In all, 153,527 children under 16 saw their parents divorce in 2003; 20% of them were under the age of 5. The UK has the 4th worst divorce-rate in the world. The top three are the United States (4.95 per 1000 people), Puerto Rico and Russia. This compares to Italy that has 0.27 per 1000 people. The marriage guidance organization, Relate, says Britain’s long working hours is the main cause of the high divorce-rate. They also claim that the ease of internet access is providing increased opportunities for a disaffected spouse to seek out an alternative relationship. It is argued that websites such as Friends Reunited are fuelling a surge in marital break-up as bored husbands and wives contact old flames. Broadband internet access also has increased the number of people working from home. This gives them greater freedom to continue relationships in secret. The website below shows that countries have very different divorce-rates. I would be interested to hearing why people think this is. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph-T/peo_div_rat Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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