Infographic: Global Divorce Rates

Global divorce rates continue to rise. Unified Lawyers, a law firm in Australia, published the below infographic that sheds light on the reality of divorce across the globe. The divorce rate infographic showcases divorce rates in countries around the world.

Fewer marriages and more divorces

It’s not just the UK who have seen a decrease in the number of couples getting married, the research shows that this trend is global. Many couples now are opting to co-habit rather than get married, we wonder whether this is caused by the fundamental shift in the way relationships are seen. Or perhaps the rising cost of living and eagerness to get on the property ladder is leading couples to purchase a property before tieing the knot.

Countries with the highest divorce rate

According to Unified Lawyers research; Luxembourg, Spain, and France have the highest divorce rates globally. India, Chile, and Colombia have the lowest rate of divorce, the UK sits in seventh place for divorce rates globally with 42% of couples getting a divorce.

Countries with the longest marriage

Italy, Canada, and France have the longest marriages. With Italian couples remaining married for 18 years on average. The average length of a marriage in the UK is eleven years. This has decreased over time, we believe it’s ultimately down to the fact that we are living longer than past generations.

Reasons for divorce globally

The number one reason that most couples get divorced is due to growing apart and out of love. This is also linked to the above, in that we are living much longer. Unfortunately for couples in England and Wales though, if you divorce for this reason you have to enter into a blame game as no-fault divorce does not yet exist in the English and Welsh legal system.


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Having experienced her own protracted and expensive divorce, Emma has spent the past 5 years working as a Divorce Mentor. Emma works with divorcing couples to find a pragmatic approach, thereby minimising conflict and costs.


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