Divorce numbers surged by almost a quarter in the 12 months before lockdown

Jul 27, 2020 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline:

Divorce numbers have leapt by nearly a quarter in a year in one of the steepest ever rises.

There was a 23 per cent increase in the number of finalised divorces in the 12 months before lockdown, figures obtained by the Mail show.

The surge is among the biggest since numbers were first recorded in the mid-19th century.

It comes ahead of reforms championed by Boris Johnson that will make separation easier and trigger a rise in the figures.

Church of England General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams said: ‘In our social structures, we have gutted marriage of its meaning as a solemn vow between one man and one woman for life.’

Mrs Williams, head of the Christian Concern group, added: ‘If we change its meaning, it is in danger of meaning nothing at all. No wonder divorce is on the up.’

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