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75% of divorces are paid for by the state according to the legal Services Commission

Following a freedom of information request we have today ascertained that the number of divorces dealt with under the legal help scheme account for 74.8% of the total divorces filed in England and Wales.

There were 85,329 divorce cases carried out under the Legal help Scheme in 2010/11. The last available figures for England and Wales from the Office For National Statistics showed that there were 113,949 divorces filed in 2009 compared to 121,708 in 2008.

What these figures show is that only 25.1% of the total divorces filed in England were done so privately. At first I though this could not be correct but when you find out that 70% of all divorces filed are done so by women, this is a true picture.

When legal help is withdrawn in 2012 a huge market is going to open up as these people will need access to low cost legal advice and help, perhaps this why the Co-Op have recently decided to enter into this space?

You can view the FOI request and answer here.

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This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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