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Ten things you didn’t know about divorce

  1. In the UK participants cannot divorce within one year of marriage.
  2. Although the welfare of children is the “paramount consideration” of the court there is no longer any need to name the children within a divorce petition.
  3. More than 99% of divorces in England and Wales are completed as paperwork and there is no need to go to court.
  4. The average length of marriage ending in divorce in the UK is 11.7 years.
  5. In the USA 50% of first marriages, 67% of second marriages and 73% of third marriages end in divorce.

  6. According to Brides Magazine the average cost of a wedding and honeymoon is £24,000.
  7. SME Solicitors’ average charges for divorce are £600 + VAT plus a court fee of £550 making £1270 in total.

  8. SME Solicitors’ average charges for the financial aspects of divorce are between £3000 and £5000 plus VAT.

  9. The highest rate of divorce in the UK is amongst 40-45 year olds.
  10. There were 114,720 divorces in England and Wales in 2013.


Ian Stirzaker

Ian is the Senior Partner and Head of Family Law at SME Solicitors. Please contact him or Joanna Gardner for specialist help and advice in all aspects of family law at or


Added: 01 Jun 2017 14:11

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