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The Proportion of Marriages Ending in Divorce

15th May 2009 2pm, University of Southampton 58/1037

Ben Wilson, Office for National Statistics

Divorce rates in 2005 suggest that approximately 45 per cent of marriages will end in divorce. Almost half these divorces will occur before couples reach their tenth anniversary. There are a higher proportion of marriages ‘ever’ ending in divorce due to 1) Increased life-expectancy? 2) Higher divorce rates? (longer durations or older ages?). An essential question is whether or not the trend will continue and what the implications of this trend might be?