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Release: Divorces in England and Wales, 2011

Released: 20 December 2012 Next edition: 06 February 2014


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Families, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces, Divorces

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

These tables present data on divorces taking place in England and Wales. The tables contain data for dissolutions and annulments of marriage by previous marital status of persons divorcing, sex and age of persons divorcing, children of couples divorced and facts proven at divorce and to whom granted.

Divorces data before 2008 are available in the  annual publication Marriage, Divorce and Adoption Statistics, England and Wales (Series FM2). The data years available include 1999 - 2007.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to divorces statistics, please see Divorces Metadata (382.4 Kb Pdf) and Quality and Methodology Information for Divorces (164.8 Kb Pdf) .

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide annual divorce data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries.

Annual and quarterly divorce statistics are also available from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The total number of divorces is similar to ONS but does not match exactly. A statement about these differences is published on the ONS website.

For data for other UK countries please see the latest divorce statistics for Scotland and the latest divorce statistics for Northern Ireland.

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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