Divorce Statistics for London: How Have Things Changed?
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at how divorce statistics in London have changed over the years.
For some time, London has had the dubious honour of being known as ‘the divorce capital of the world’, but is this still the case? In this article, we’ll look at the ways in which family solicitors in London are seeing changes, and the factors that have brought about these changes.
For better, for worse
Greater London holds one of the highest divorce rates in the UK at 0.066% of the population. This compares to those loyal folk in the North East, who enjoy a rate of just 0.036%; the lowest in Great Britain. There are a number of factors which may explain the high divorce rate in London, and some of these are:
Pressures of work
Figures show that people in London work longer hours - around 37.5 hours a week - than any other region of the UK, with most employees working approximately 35.7 hours a week. The pressure of working long hours can have a significant impact on a marriage, and is one of the top cited reasons for divorce, with spouses complaining that they do not get enough quality time together.
London is a pretty expensive place to live, with a high cost of living and astronomical property prices - which is bad news for a marriage. Money is a contentious issue for many couples across the UK, and is the leading cause for divorce. This may be particularly the case in the capital where high costs can lead to disagreements and, ultimately, divorce.