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The Independent quotes Sarah Jane Boon on the 9.6% divorce increase in 2021

Sarah Jane Boon, Partner, has been quoted by The Independent on the 9.6% increase in divorces in 2021.

Figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed there were 113,505 divorces permitted in England and Wales last year, which is a ten per cent increase in comparison to 2020 which saw 103,592 divorces.

Following the publication of the ONS figures, Sarah commented: 

“Despite the promise of an easier process coming in 2022, divorce figures still rose during 2021.

It had been anticipated that the introduction of no-fault divorce in April 2022 would mean that many would wait until that moment to start divorce proceedings. However, the rise in divorces in 2021 points to this being a misleading prediction. It is worth bearing in mind that no fault divorce was delayed multiple times, so for some couples it may have proven to be one delay too many.

Separately, 2021 was another unprecedented time for all, with the impact of Covid still being felt, together with macroeconomic distress, which will have all played a part in the uplift in divorces.

While 2020 was a challenging year, 2021 provided a new sense of freedom (at least from the summer onwards), which may have also resulted in more couples deciding to part ways.”

Read the full article in The Independent here

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