Divorce rate rises by 6% in England and Wales
The divorce rate in England and Wales increased by 6% in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009 according to The Ministry of Justice.
There were 34,500 petitions filed for dissolution of marriage in the first quarter of 2010, compared to 32,600 in the first quarter of 2009. The number of decrees absolute granted increased to 30,400 in the first quarter of 2010 from the 28,600 in the first quarter of 2009.
These figures would seem to validate projections made by UK online divorce company Divorce-Online in January 2010 that the divorce rate would increase due to the ongoing effects of the recession as happened in the previous recession in the 1990’s.