Your browser is unsupported and may have security vulnerabilities! Upgrade to a newer browser to experience this site in all it's glory.
Skip to main content


Divorces in England and Wales: 2022

22nd February 2024


Annual divorce and civil partnership dissolution numbers and rates, partnership type, to whom granted and duration of marriage.

  • There were 80,057 divorces granted in England and Wales in 2022; a 29.5% decrease compared with 2021 (113,505 divorces) and the lowest number of divorces since 1971.
  • In 2022, the median duration of marriages that ended in divorce (the mid-point of all durations) was 12.9 years for opposite-sex couples and 7.5 and 6.3 years for male and female same-sex couples, respectively; the longest seen in our timeseries.
  • Divorce rates in 2022 were 6.7 for men and 6.6 for women per 1,000 of the male or female married population (including both opposite-sex and same-sex couples); lower than rates in 2021, with 9.5 for men and 9.4 for women per 1,000 of the married population.

Read more: ONS GOV

You may also be interested in:

Dictionary TLATA 2024 agreed cover

Pre-order | Dictionary of TLATA and Inheritance Act Claims

The key concepts, cases and practice in four important areas where family law overlaps with the law of trusts and real property.

The book is divided into sections with an easy-to-use A-Z format and detailed footnotes. Each entry contains a practice note, citing the leading cases and practice points. It contains procedural guides and tables of relevant cases and statutory material. The book distils the experience of the authors and aims to provide concise, practical and above all helpful guide to everything from detriment to cost budgeting, and from classes of applicants to the rights of engaged couples.