Number of couples getting divorced is at its highest since 2009

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A new Office of National Statistics report there were five times as many gay divorces in 2016 than in 2015, where 22 couples legally separated.

Unreasonable behaviour - which can include having a sexual relationship with someone else - was the most common grounds for divorce for same-sex couples (94 percent of divorces).

The highest percentage of divorces was among men and women aged 45 to 49, with an average (mean) age at divorce of 46.1 for men and 43.7 for women. Moreover, the bulletin shows that the cumulative percentage of marriages that end in divorce increases more rapidly in the first 10 years of marriage than the 10 years after that, while it increases less rapidly once the 20th wedding anniversary is reached.

A total of 112 same-sex marriages ended, with lesbian couples making up 78% of that number. A year ago alone, there were 112 same-sex divorces in England and Wales.

The 2016 figure for opposite sex couples equates to 8.9 divorces per 1,000 married man and women.

'This is the second year that divorces among same-sex couples have been possible since the introduction of marriages of same-sex couples in March 2014. That being said, the latest marriage figures from the ONS for same-sex couples show that of the 4,850 marriages formed between same-sex couples in 2014, 56% were female couples.

However, the Marriage Foundation claimed that the figures "conceal the overall downward trend in divorce".

'But it's not divorce that has put Britain at the bottom of the family stability league for the entire developed world. For various reasons, though - most probably lazy depictions of "ex-wives" as scheming and calculated - the idea that women are improving their financial situation by divorcing has persisted.

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