New divorce & separation figures announced by the Marriage Foundation think tank

Researcher Harry Benson from the Marriage Foundation has produced a report based on figures from the national census of 2001 and other academic surveys. It states that 50% of children born this year will see their parents separate by the time they are teenagers, and of this percentage nine out of ten will experience the split of their parents if they are unmarried. The report suggests that marriage is a factor as to whether or not relationships survive, with figures showing that in 2001, four out of ten teenagers aged 15 were not living with both parents, and among the parents of 15-year-olds who stayed together, 97 per cent were married. To reach these statistics the think tank looked at figures from the 2001 census but also followed the lives of people from 40,000 homes as part of the government back survey Understanding Society. The number of people getting married has drastically fallen over the last few years, with the number on marriages in 2010 falling to 241,100 (in England and Wales) compared to 400,000 a year in the 1970s. At the same time the cost to the Government and the tax payer has risen to around £46billion a year. These figures have led the government to consider making changes to the tax system in support of marriage before the next general election. 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 Plymouth and across the country.