The ONS have published the latest divorce rates for 2014. As expected, the rates of divorce are decreasing and many believe this is likely to be as a result of more couples choosing to cohabit rather than to marry.
It is also suggested that many couples cannot now afford to get divorced and so rates have decreased as a result.
It will be interesting to see if next year's figures are lower, given the cuts to Legal Aid and increase of Court fees, many couples are simply not in the financial position to get divorced, despite their marriage having broken down.
Compared with 2004, divorce rates in 2014 were lower for all age groups except women aged 55 and over. Likely factors include increased cohabiting and increasing age at first marriage. Previous research indicates a higher risk of divorce among those marrying at younger ages, whilst cohabitation may be reducing the number of weaker relationships progressing to marriage.