Latest statistics reveal divorce numbers are back the increase

The number of British couples who are getting divorced has increased once again, despite dropping in the wake of the financial crisis.
Aug. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- According to the latest annual figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 132,223 couples were divorced in 2010 – a 4.5 percent increase on 2009, when 126,496 people were divorced. The statistics also revealed that 21% of divorces occur in the first decade of marriage, with the majority (74%) occurring between the 11th and 20th year together.

BPS Law, a team leading divorce solicitors in Manchester, say the brief drop in numbers in 2008 was attributed to the financial crisis, with many people unable to afford divorce proceedings. However, it says, encountering financial hardship does little to help the happiness and contentment of either party and, with the economy fairing better, it's little wonder that divorce is now back on the increase.

However, there are a number of other reasons, outside of money worries, which are commonly attributed to divorce statistics. BPS Law runs the rule over some of the most common:

"Infidelity is one of the most common," the firm's spokesperson said. "When one spouse cheats on the other, it can destroy the trust that once existed between them. While some couples overcome this and repair their relationship, many others find it too difficult to do so and decide divorce is the only option.

"Boredom is another problem for a lot of married couples. The excitement that was there at the beginning of the relationship naturally fades over time for many. While a significant number find a way of maintaining or recapturing the excitement, others appreciate the trust and companionship that exists once the 'honeymoon period' has passed. However, that's not enough for some and if they cannot find a way of bringing back the excitement, one or both partners may simply grow bored of the marriage."

Other examples given by the Manchester divorce solicitors included situations where the core values of one or both partners changes over time. It says, where shared values can bring people closer at the beginning of a relationship, differing values can affect them negatively later on.

The firm cites the importance of good communication, particularly the ability to listen. It believes people able to sympathise, empathise or even share in each others happiness could be crucial in building a strong marriage.

For more information about BPS Law's Manchester divorce solicitors, visit or call 0161 834 2623.
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