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Osborne Morris & Morgan > News and Articles > Family > Highest divorce rates in coastal towns

Highest divorce rates in coastal towns

Posted on 22 Mar 2016, in Family

Research on data collected in the latest census has shown that Blackpool had the highest divorce rate in the U.K. with more than double the number of divorces than in Harrow, which had the lowest rate. Happily married couples in Bedfordshire may be relieved that their county is landlocked since the top 10 locations for divorces are all in towns and cities on the coast. Some of the locations with the lowest rate were around London and included Harrow, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge and Wandsworth.

Although the survey showed that the rate of divorces in Blackpool was over 13 per cent, other seaside towns in East Sussex, Devon and Dorset also had a rate of over 12 per cent. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the divorce rate has been increasing for some time, with an average rate of 8.2 per cent across the country in 2014. The main driver behind this increase is the growing number of older couples who are choosing to end their marriages.

Experts have speculated on the reasons for the high level of divorces in coastal towns and have suggested that the seasonal nature of these places could lead to infidelity. While summertime on the coast can be bustling and entertaining, the comparative quiet and the weather in winter on the coast may result in boredom, leading to behaviour that ends in divorce. They also noted the relative poverty of many seaside towns and proposed that financial difficulties could also lead to the breakdown of marriages.

Some reasons that may be cited for seeking a divorce are if a spouse has committed adultery, is behaving unreasonably towards their partner or has deserted their partner. A family law solicitor may offer their client legal advice regarding their specific situation and provide guidance should they decide to begin divorce proceedings.


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