Marriages and Divorces in England and Wales

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Marriages and Divorces in England and Wales 2013

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Marriages and Divorces in England and Wales 2013
(Previously Marriage, Divorce and Adoption Statistics)

Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Published by
Dandy Booksellers Ltd
Publication Date
28 April 2016
246 pages
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Main points
  • There were 240,854 marriages in 2013, a decrease of 8.6% compared with 2012 and the first decline since 2009.
  • Civil ceremonies accounted for 72% of all marriages in 2013.
  • Religious ceremonies decreased by 14% while civil ceremonies declined by 6% in 2013, compared with 2012.
  • Over three quarters of brides and grooms marrying in 2013 were marrying for the first time.
  • Those aged 65 and over were more likely to marry in 2013 compared with 2003, with the greatest increase among women.
  • The mean age at marriage was 36.7 years for men and 34.3 years for women in 2013, a small increase compared with 2012.
  • There were 114,720 divorces in England and Wales in 2013, a decrease of 2.9% since 2012, when there were 118,140 divorces
  • In 2013, there were 9.8 men divorcing per thousand married males and 9.8 women divorcing per thousand married females. A decrease of 27% for men and 26% for women compared with 2003. Background note 3 has more information about divorce rates
  • The number of divorces in 2013 was highest among men and women aged 40 to 44
  • For those married in 1968, 20% of marriages had ended in divorce by the 15th wedding anniversary whereas for those married in 1998, almost a third of marriages (32%) had ended by this time

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