Source: Office for National Statistics: Vital statistics in the UK: births, deaths and marriages
- Divorce statistics do not include married couples who separate, but do not divorce.
- Divorce statistics are derived from information recorded by the courts, during the divorce process. Figures represent both divorces and annulments that took place in each country; a marriage is dissolved following a petition for divorce and the granting of a decree absolute, or annulled following a petition for nullity and the awarding of a decree of nullity. Figures represent the date the decree absolute or the decree of nullity was awarded.
|1937||Matrimonial Causes Act
Divorce was permitted on additional grounds.
|1939 - 1945||Second World War|
|1969||Divorce Reform Act
Removed the need to prove 'fault' in order to end a marriage.
|1973||Matrimonial Causes Act
Divorce could be obtained through civil proceedings.
|1984||Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act
Set a minimum time interval between marriage and divorce to one year, down from three years.
|2000||White v. White
A landmark case in the distribution of finances after divorce.
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