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Divorce Statistics 2009 UK

We can base what will happen in 2009 by previous trends and here are some early signs.

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• Almost half of all marriages in England and Wales will end in divorce.

• At least one child under 16 is affected in 53% of all cases, with nearly two-thirds of them being under 11.

• Since 1997 average age of divorce has risen from 40.2 to 43.7 years for men and from 37.7 to 41.2 years for women, partly due to the rise in age at marriage.

• The highest rate of divorce is among men and women in their late twenties.

Source: www.statistics.gov.uk

Our research suggests the following:
That new singles will spend more on financial and wellbeing services than their married counterparts

An ongoing survey by professional service directory ‘Professionals Online’ supports anecdotal evidence that, following a relationship break up people are more likely to buy new properties, update their wills and insurances, and spend money on themselves.

Financial advice and legal advice were considered ‘definitely important’ for people going through a relationship break up (53.1% and 50% respectively) with well-being advice also as a definite at 45.5%.  The highest score for ‘definitely important’ was 82.8% for ‘people to listen to them sympathetically’.

Results to date show that in the three years following the break up of a relationship:

26.5% rented a property more than once
36.7% bought a new property
51.0% went on a foreign holiday more than once
27.3% joined a gym
20.0% changed their appearance
35.3% changed their job



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