The World Cup was good for marriage
The World Cup was good for marriage according to divorce experts in the UK.
England may have been over hyped and useless on the pitch, but the FIFA world cup has given rise to one surprising statistic, it caused the divorce rate to drop during the 4 weeks of the tournament, according to divorce experts at website Divorce-Online.Co.UK.
The company, that deals with 1 in 20 of all divorces in England and Wales report that there was a 36% drop in the number of cases they normally deal with during the 4 weeks of the contest. This trend is also reflected in the number of divorce related keyword requests on search engine Google, which shows a sharp drop in the number of divorce related queries for the World Cup.
This contrasts with figures released by the Government which showed that the number of couples finalising divorces had gone up by six per cent in the first three months of 2010, from 28,600 to 30,400, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Mark Keenan, Director at Divorce-Online believes that this may be a temporary reprieve for UK marriages as the upturn in the economy means that warring couples can now afford to get a divorce and he believes that 2010 will turn out to be one of the worst years for the divorce rate in living memory.
“Husbands and wives have been telling us that they felt they simply couldn’t afford to break up during the last few years. They were living under the same roof, both knowing that their marriages had ended but were unable to sell their houses or transfer them to the other spouse because of a lack of mortgage funding. Many of these obstacles are now being lifted as the economy recovers and we think this will translate into a rising divorce rate.”
The latest annual official figures show there were 121,799 divorces in England and Wales in 2008, around 5.5 per cent down on the 128,232 in 2007.
Divorce rates are currently at their lowest levels since the 1970’s.
Note to editors:
Divorce-Online is a UK based online uncontested divorce service providing services to the UK consumer from just £69.00.
The FIFA World Cup was held between 11th June and 11th July 2010.
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