Speculation as to the number of marriages that end in divorce has long been commonplace. The Office for National Statistics website shows data on divorce which estimates that 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce, based on figures for 2012.
So what are the latest statistics behind divorce rates? The Office for National Statistics estimates that 34% of marriages are likely to end in divorce before the 20th wedding anniversary, whilst a further 6% of marriages are expected to end before the 20th wedding anniversary because of the death of one of the spouses.
Based on these statistics, the Office for National Statistics therefore expects 60% of marriages to last beyond the 20th wedding anniversary. 16% of married couples will reach their 60th wedding anniversary together, whilst the average marriage is expected to last for 32 years.
Interestingly, according to the ONS, the divorce rate increases more rapidly during the first ten years of marriage in comparison to the second decade; with an even more rapid increase after the 20th wedding anniversary. Overall, the most likely chance of divorce is between the 4th and 8th wedding anniversaries.
These statistics are very interesting indeed and for further information and an in-depth analysis of divorce rates, please visit the Office for National Statistics website.