Figures released by the Office for National Statistics at the end of 2016 show that the likelihood of marriage ending in divorce has dropped to its lowest level in forty years. The figures show that in 2014 less than one couple in every 100 married couples split. Reason to celebrate you might think? Perhaps couples are getting on better and not separating? Dig deeper into the statistics however and you realise the news isn’t all good.
I smiled, wryly the other day at the cartoon in the Times of the divorce lawyer typing his seasonal email to his client: “We hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family, full of joy and family togetherness … but just in case, we offer an excellent advice package on divorce at very competitive rates…”
No fault divorce is something that we have advocated for some time at Woolley & Co. We were therefore delighted to lend our support to the Resolution campaign last week calling for a change in legislation to allow people to get a divorce without pointing the finger at each other and laying the blame for a break-up at the other’s door.