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Divorce rates fall in England and Wales

A new report from the Office of National Statistics shows the divorce rate for England and Wales has fallen for the third year running to its lowest level for 26 years.

Annual figures for 2007 show the divorce rate fell to 11.9 divorces for every 1,000 married couples in 2007, down from 12.2 divorces in 2006.

The highest rate of divorce was among couples in their late 20s and just over half involved couples with a child.

The report also noted that 42 civil partnerships in England and Wales were dissolved in 2007 - 28 of them female couples and 14 male couples.

Andrew Woolley, senior partner explains the Woolley & Co perspective on these figures; "We are certainly noting the drop off in the number of couples who get married in the first place, which can certainly have an impact on the overall number of divorces. This tends to mean we deal with more cases of couples with children and financial ties outside of marriage.

"But our overall experience - in terms of the number of enquiries we are getting - is that there are unfortunately many unhappy married couples out there that need advice and they come to us for help in simply dissolving the marriage - if the split is amicable and they have come to agreements about any financial aspects - or because they can't agree about arrangements for the children or a fair split of the finances.

"With 11 divorce and family lawyers across the country and given the fact we help British expats who decide to divorce - we can't say we've noticed this drop off. Quite the contrary - we are in fact recruiting new divorce and family solicitors to help us deal with a continuing increase in demand."

Woolley & Co offer a free initial telephone appointment for any one considering divorce or separation. An appointment can be booked on this website or by calling 0800 3213832.

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