Divorce numbers have seen the biggest spike since 1972 and hit the highest number since 2014. According to Office of National Statistics (ONS) data the number of divorces was up 18.4 percent in 2019, to 107,599.

However, family law experts warn that this is not indicative of a divorce 'boom' yet. The spike is more likely to be due to a backlog from the previous year, which saw divorces fall 10.6 percent.

Hannah Field comments in ePrivateClient that this growth in numbers may be due to the rising popularity of online divorces which means people increasingly have the option to divorce without the cost of engaging a solicitor.

UK divorce numbers spike may be 'misleading' is available to read on the ePrivateClient website via subscription. 

Hannah is a partner and head of the family law team in Kingston. She advises on a broad range of family law issues including divorce, matrimonial finances, cohabitation disputespre and post-nuptial agreements, domestic violence orders including non-molestation and occupation orders as well as private law disputes relating to children including leave to remove children from this jurisdiction.