Divorces between opposite-sex couples decreased by 10.6 percent in 2018 to 90,9871. According to the Office for National Statistics, this is the lowest number since 1971 and the first time since the 1970s the figure has fallen below 100,000.
While it is often said that divorce in England is too easy and that governments have failed to do enough to support marriage, Hannah Minty argued that this statistic may be due to the political and economic uncertainty of the current moment.
She states, "Anecdotally, it seems that many couples may be waiting to see what happens after Brexit, with property prices and economic uncertainty both being factors when couples separate".
Further to this, many divorcing couples will go on to remarry, with 16 percent of men and 15 percent of women divorcing have been divorced before.
Hannah concluded, "For those who are entering into second marriages where they may have built up wealth and/or have children from a previous marriage, it may be important to consider entering a prenuptial agreement".
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Hannah is a senior associate in the family team, based in the Putney office. She advises on all aspects of family law, including divorce and financial matters, pre and post-nuptial agreements, property disputes between cohabitees, and financial claims on behalf of children following the breakdown of relationships between unmarried couples.