Drop in wives seeking early divorce
December 29, 2015 1 comment
The number of wives seeking a divorce within five years of marriage has dropped over the last three decades, research indicates.
According to campaign group the Marriage Foundation, women are over four times more likely to ask for a divorce during the first few years. However, the group’s research suggests that number has halved since 1986. Thirty years ago, 7.9 per cent of women began divorce proceedings before they had been married longer than five years, but by 2013 that number had dropped to 4.2 per cent, the group claimed.
Marriage Foundation research director Harry Benson suggested that “family pressure for men to marry has significantly reduced” and, as a result, those who choose to marry “do so with a greater level of commitment and intention to make the marriage work”. He added that this leads to happier wives and fewer divorces.
Former High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge founded the group in 2012. While he welcomed the decrease, he was still concerned that “so many fewer couples are marrying now than they were in the 1980s”.
This was a worry because, over the course of his career in the Family Court, he had seen “how much children who undergo family breakdown suffer”. He maintained that “married couples have a far greater chance of avoiding family breakdown than cohabiting couples”.
A “vast majority of young people aspire to get married”, he claimed, adding that it was important “for far more of them to put their instinctive desire into practice”.
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December 29, 2015