Resolution Chair responds to latest divorce stats

News Release

21 Jun 2017

Speaking in response to today's divorce statistics (21 June), which show a decrease in divorces of 9.1% in 2015 compared to the previous year, Resolution's Chair, Nigel Shepherd, said:

"Today's statistics show a fall in both divorce numbers and the divorce rate. There could be a number of reasons for this. One feature we have seen historically is that when families are struggling financially, many delay separating until they have more certainty over finances.

"The fall in divorce numbers correlates to a decline of marriages, and we know that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK, currently making up nearly 10% of the population. Today's figures are further evidence that cohabiting couples are a major feature of our modern society: sadly our current laws are failing them.

"Rather than continuing to ignore the millions of cohabiting families in the UK, the new Government must reform the law to provide some basic legal protection and fair outcomes at a time of a cohabiting couple’s separation."