Annabel Andreou and Nirali Adhia assess the reasons behind a stark rise in divorce cases

Data released by the ONS saw a significant rise in divorce of almost 10 per cent between 2020 and 2021.

This article summarises the findings and data and explores some of the possible explanations for the significant changes in divorce statistics from 2020-2021 and over the last 60 years.

In 2021, 113,505 divorces were granted across the jurisdiction compared with 103,592 in 2020 – an increase of 9.6 per cent. It should also be noted that there were 108,254 divorces in 2019. There are various reasons for this stark increase, but two primary reasons stand out.

Impact of covid-19

Firstly, the pandemic had many ramifications which will have impacted the divorce rate, some obvious, others more subtle. The...

Annabel Andreou
Solicitor
Debenhams Ottaway

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