Official figures have shown that there was a 5.8% increase in divorces between opposite-sex couples in England and Wales in 2016 compared to 2015. It means that divorce is at its highest level since 2009. It is also the biggest year on year increase in over three decades. 

The charity and relationship guidance organisation Relate has speculated that the pressures of rising debt and stagnant wages may be to blame for the spike in the figures.   

Same-sex marriage became legal in 2014, and figures on same-sex divorce are starting to become available. Interestingly, 78% of same-sex divorces in 2016 were of female couples.