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Question: – Why are Less People Getting Divorced?

According to the most recent statistical bulletin published on 5th December 2016 from the Office for National Statistics (OMS) the number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 3.1% in 2014.  In addition the divorce rate has dropped by 5.3% from 2013 to 2014.  The figures released state that in 2014 there were a total of 111,169 divorces which was a reduction of 3.1% compared to 2013.
One can only speculate as to the reasons for this which could include the possibility that some people are perhaps not getting married at such a young age and waiting until they are older and therefore maybe wiser before getting married?
Another reason could be because some people are choosing to live together for a period of time before deciding to commit to marriage thereby testing their relationship.
With the withdrawal of legal aid from this area of law , except if there is a history of domestic violence, it might also be that people are separating but not formally concluding matters by the obtaining of a divorce.
People might be feeling that divorce is too expensive.  It need not be.  The Court issue fee is £550 and at Wilson Browne we can offer a fixed fee divorce package of £540 inclusive of VAT for a straight forward, undefended divorce. This means that your total costs might only be £1,090 to obtain a divorce.  Usually there is no need to physically attend Court to obtain a divorce and the whole process could only take 4 months if both parties are willing to co-operate. If you are on a low income it may be possible to get a reduction of the court fee either in full or part.
Some people may be choosing to live together and never marry. If this is the case we would advise you to consider a cohabitation agreement.
A Co-habitation Agreement can attempt to reduce any possible points of dispute on any eventual separation for people who have chosen to live together and not marry.  Such agreements can be made after parties have started living together.
Usually co-habitation agreements can deal with the financial arrangements which parties wish to enter upon when living together i.e who pays what.
In addition, co-habitation agreements can deal with how assets are to be divided on any eventual separation.
Without a co-habitation agreement on separation Court proceedings to resolve such matters can be time consuming and expensive to resolve and therefore it is advisable to consider obtaining a co-habitation agreement at the outset to minimise any future problems.
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