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Divorce in the UK by Age and Sex

In England and Wales

Year Decrees made absolute Divorce decrees per 1,000 married population Per-cent aged under 35 Mean age at divorce1 Median age at divorce1
Males All divorces 1st marriage 2nd or later marriage 16 and over 16–24 25–29 30–34 35–44 45 and over
2000 141.1 112.1 29.1 12.7 22.3 27.9 27.4 21.9 6.3 29.9 41.3 39.7
2001 143.8 114.3 29.5 13.0 20.3 27.9 28.3 22.8 6.5 28.4 41.5 40.0
2002 147.7 116.9 30.8 13.4 23.2 29.1 29.2 23.7 6.9 26.7 41.9 40.4
2003 153.5 121.4 32.0 14.0 24.6 30.3 30.0 25.2 7.4 24.7 42.3 40.9
2004 153.4 121.1 32.3 14.1 25.0 30.3 30.0 25.3 7.7 23.3 42.7 41.4
2005 141.8 111.7 30.1 13.1 23.9 28.1 27.1 23.5 7.5 21.8 43.1 42.0
2006 132.6 104.3 28.2 12.4 22.0 26.9 25.7 22.2 7.2 20.6 43.4 42.4
Females
2000 141.1 112.6 28.5 12.6 24.5 29.0 26.6 19.4 5.2 39.6 38.8 37.3
2001 143.8 114.6 29.2 12.9 23.9 29.2 27.6 20.5 5.4 37.8 39.1 37.7
2002 147.7 117.5 30.2 13.3 26.8 30.3 28.3 21.6 5.7 35.9 39.4 38.2
2003 153.5 121.9 31.6 14.0 28.2 31.4 29.1 23.2 6.1 33.7 39.8 38.7
2004 153.4 121.8 31.6 14.0 27.8 31.7 28.9 23.6 6.4 31.9 40.2 39.2
2005 141.8 112.0 29.7 13.0 26.5 28.5 26.1 22.2 6.2 30.0 40.6 39.8
2006 132.6 104.8 27.7 12.3 24.4 28.0 24.4 21.1 6.0 28.8 40.9 40.1
1. The mean/median ages shown in this table are unstandardised and therefore take no account of changes in the structure of the population by age or marital status.
Source: UK Statistics Authority, Web: www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk
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