The ONS have released their latest statistics for divorce in England and Wales. These relate to 2014, and are not a great surprise in light of the increasing proportion of the population cohabiting rather than marrying.
Compared with 2004, divorce rates in 2014 were lower for all age groups except women aged 55 and over. Likely factors include increased cohabiting and increasing age at first marriage. Previous research indicates a higher risk of divorce among those marrying at younger ages, whilst cohabitation may be reducing the number of weaker relationships progressing to marriage