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Fewer marriages ending in divorce

An estimated 42% of marriages in England and Wales ended in divorce in 2010 - a drop from 45% in 2005, the latest statistics suggest.

In total there were 117,558 divorces last year, the Office for National Statistics said.

The fall in divorces is consistent with a decline in the number of marriages to 2009, but experts believe the economic downturn may also have had an impact.

Chris Buckler reports.

  • 20 Dec 2012