Divorce has become more common over the years and has led some people to believe that marriage is a failing institution. However, a new study from the Marriage Foundation suggests that the number of divorces for couples, who have been together for more than 10 years, has remained stable since the 1960’s. Couples that have been married for less than 10 years have been found to be more susceptible to divorce. Over the past forty years, the chance of divorce has been 15% within the first 10 years of marriage however, current data suggests that this has increased to around 20%. Recent reports from the Office of National Statistics have suggested the divorce rates have already fallen from 45% to 42%. The author of the report, Harry Benson, has suggested that this is partly due to co-habituation becoming commonplace, and therefore not only are there less marriages but also those that do marry are more committed. Mr Benson argued that it is after the first 10 years of marriage where “the marriage vows kick in”. Mr Benson also argued in the report that the recession has little impact on the rate of divorce once couples pass the first decade of marriage. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with family law solicitors in Wigan and across the country.