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Heterosexual divorce in England and Wales is at lowest level since 1973

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Divorce decrease is consistent with decline in marriage over same period, says statistics office

The number of heterosexual couples getting divorced in England and Wales is at its lowest since 1973.

There were 101,669 divorces of opposite-sex couples in England and Wales in 2017, a decrease of 4.9% from 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows. There were 338 divorces of same-sex couples in 2017, a threefold increase from 2016. Almost three-quarters (74%) of these divorces were among female couples.

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