The latest annual statistical bulletin giving estimates of population by legal marital status and cohabitation status by age and sex for England and Wales, for the year 2018, has been published by the Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’).
The main points were:
• The proportion of the population aged 16 years and over in England and Wales who are married has continued to decline in 2018 to 50.5%, down from 51.0% in 2017.
• Whilst the proportion of the population under age 70 years who are married has declined, the proportion aged 70 years and over who are married has increased from 50.3% in 2008 to 55.8% in 2018.
• The number of people aged 16 years and over who are single and have never married has continued to increase, rising by 369,000 from 2017, to a total of 16.7 million people (35.0%) in 2018.
• The number of people aged 16 years and over who live with a partner and have never married has continued to increase, rising by 1.3 million people since 2008, to a total of 5.0 million (10.4%) in 2018.
A statistician at the ONS commented:
“In England and Wales, around half of the population aged 16 years and over were married in 2018. The proportion of people married has been in decline over the last decade, while the single population has been increasing.
“However, those in their 70s and beyond are seeing a different trend where, despite a modest rise in the divorced population, the proportion of people aged 70 years and over who are married has been increasing at a greater rate.”
These figures show a clear and continued trend away from marriage, and towards cohabitation, particularly amongst the younger population. Why might this be? Could it be that they increasingly see marriage as ‘old fashioned’? Or could it be that they simply don’t want to make the commitment that marriage entails?
Whatever your reasons may be for choosing a particular living arrangement, it is important that you know your rights. Family Law Cafe can advise you. To book a free initial consultation with us click the green button at the top of this page and fill in the form, or call us on 020 3904 0506.
The statistical bulletin can be found on the ONS’s website, here.
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