The number of couples getting divorced in England and Wales surged by almost a fifth in 2019 to the highest level in five years, figures reveal.
The Office for National Statistics data shows 107,599 opposite-sex divorces in 2019, an increase of 18.4% from 90,871 in 2018 - the highest since 2014, when 111,169 were granted.
There were also 822 same-sex divorces, nearly twice the number (428) in 2018.
The ONS said a casework backlog in 2018 could partly account for the increase.
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