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Why is divorce not so popular these days?

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Amended data from the Office For National Statistics tells us that 67% of people filing for divorce in England and Wales are women.

The study also tells us that the most common ground for divorce is behaviour and the age group when divorce is most likely is 25-35.

1 in 5 of all second marriages ends in divorce.

The divorce rate in 2008 was 5% lower than in 2007.

Why is divorce on the wain inthe UK?  The answer is simply, more people are choosing to live together and raise children than are getting married, so the number of people able to get a divorce has reduced dramatically since the 1980’s.

The problem therein is that the government cannot produce accurate statistics for cohabitation as it is so flexible and fluid, but mu guess is that the separation rate for cohabitees will be very high indeed.

The government ( of whichever flavour), has so far declined to address this issue and that means many families will not have the legal rights and safeguards afforded to their married counterparts, as the law for cohabitees is pretty much non existent.

The current government ( well the Tory bit) is very pro marriage and it maybe that the thinking is that if you want the benefits and rights afforded to married couples then you need to get married to enjoy them, including when you spit up and that to introduce seperate legislation to give cohabitees more rights would futher undermine that policy.

I happen to agree with this policy. If you want the benefits that marriage brings then you should get married and take the consequences if you do not and your relationship breaks down. I also have a major problem with non gay couples insisting they should have the right to enter into civil partnerships. Once again if you want the rights and benefits akin to those afforded to married couples, then you should get married.

I also believe that gay couples should have the same rights to marry as heterosexual couples and believe that the Civil Partnership idea was a fudge and is entirely unecessary.

Merry Christmas

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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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