Marriage Rates Fall Once More

The ONS has published marriage figures for the year 2015. This was the first full year that same sex couples were able to enter into a marriage. In 2015 there were 6,493 marriages between same sex couples. Marriage rates for opposite sex couples in 2015 were the lowest on record since 2009.


Nicola Haynes, ONS Vital Statistics Output Branch has commented “Despite this overall decline, marriages in older ages rose; the number of weddings increased for men aged 50 and over and women aged 35 – 39 years and 45 and over”.

According to the statistics for 2016 divorce rates have also increased by 5.8% in comparison to the statistics for 2015. However, Nicola Haynes has said “The number remains 30% lower than the most recent peak in 2003”.