There was a time when 50 out of every 1 ,000 women in the UK got married annually. Now, according to the Office for National Statistics, marriages are at the lowest rate since . Despite an increase after rules on where you could get wed were liberalized, fewer people are getting married than at any time in more than 100 years. A total of 231 ,490 couples tied the knot in 2009 – down from 232 ,990 in 2008 and the lowest total since 1895.
Divorce rates released recently appeared to show that less people are getting divorced. So, what’s going on? The marriage rate is calculated by the number of marriages per head of unmarried (single, divorced or widowed) population. In 2009 there were 21.3 men marrying per 1 ,000 unmarried adult men and 19.9 women marrying per 1 ,000 unmarried women over 16.
Since 1981 the number of marriages conducted every year has fallen by a third. Resolution , a group of family lawyers, say the legal benefits of marriage should be extended to unmarried cohabiting couples. Vice chairman David Allison said: “A smaller percentage of people got married in 2008 than in any year since records began and at the same time the number of couples living together outside of marriage is on the increase” Well, you can get the overall data below. Let us know what you can do with it. Until He Comes