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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Childhood sweethearts more likely to divorce

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Olivia Rudgard

Marrying your childhood sweetheart might be a romantic dream for many, but figures show it more often becomes a nightmare.

Analysis suggests that the plummeting divorce rate is partly being driven by sensible couples who are now more likely to wait longer before they walk down the aisle.

New figures from the UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that in 2015 101,055 couples divorced, the lowest number since 1971.

The number of opposite-sex couples divorcing fell by more than a third between 2003 and 2015 and by 9.1pc between 2014 and 2015, the biggest drop in more than 40 years.

In its report, the ONS said: "Age at marriage is also considered to be closely linked to the risk of divorce with those marrying in their teens and early 20s being at greater risk of divorce.

"Our marriage statistics show that the average age at marriage has increased steadily since 1970 for both men and women."

Figures show that teenagers have had the largest percentage decrease in marriage rates since 2009. Since then, 33pc fewer men and 27pc fewer women in this age group have got married.

Couples who do marry young are much more likely to split.

One study showed that of women who were still in their teens when they married, 53pc had divorced by their 30th anniversary.

Irish Independent

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