Divorce rate is falling

According to data recently published by the Office for National Statistics, the number of divorces in England and Wales in 2009 was 113,949. This is the lowest number of divorces since 1974. The divorce rate has been consistently falling for the last 6 years, from a peak of 153,065 in 2003.

Finally some good news! This means that out of every 1,000 married people in 2009, only 10.5 people get divorced.

At Terry Jones Solicitors & Advocates, we are experienced in dealing with clients who are going through very difficult and often distressing times in their marriage and who are seeking advice about their individual situation.

The only ground for divorce in this country is that a marriage has irretrievably broken down. This means that there is no prospect of any reconciliation occurring either now or in the future. It is a huge decision for anyone to make and we consider that it is extremely important for our clients to be advised of all the options available to them.

One option that is becoming increasingly popular is to attend marriage counselling. We are able to signpost clients to the relevant organisations and support them through the process by advising of the legal implications of any decision made. Through marriage counselling, couples have an opportunity to talk, listen to each other and look for a way forward together.

Other alternatives to issuing divorce proceedings include entering into a Separation Deed, which sets out any agreement reached in relation to children and finances arising out of a separation, or applying for a Judicial Separation.

For further advice in relation to the available options, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah O’Neill on 01952 297979 or on saraho@terry-jones.co.uk or alternatively any member of the Family Department.

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