Posted by Simon Bassett, Partner
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Rise in Marriages
Official figures published recently have revealed that there has been a rise in the number of marriages taking place in England and Wales. In particular, religious ceremonies, which suggests that “traditional marriages” may be back in fashion.
The latest data, published by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that during 2012 there was an increase of over five percent in the number of marriages which took place; with the number of religious ceremonies reaching their highest figure since the mid-1930s.
According to the breakdown of the figures, the largest proportional increase in marriages occurred for those who have reached the traditional retirement age, with a quarter of men aged 65-70 and a fifth of women in the same age range, getting married throughout the course of the year.
The figures have also revealed that of those who were married during the year, one in ten were classified as being single before their marriage, two thirds divorced and the rest widowed. This highlights the need, particularly amongst the older generations, to consider a pre-nuptial agreement before marriage.
Being family law solicitors in London, we understand the importance for couples to protect themselves in the eventuality of a relationship breaking down. Although such agreements are not, at present legally binding in the UK, they are taken into consideration by judges when ruling on any disputes which may occur following the breakdown of a relationship.
For those who wish to find out more about a pre-nuptial agreement, or require legal advice for any other family law matter, Patrick Hart in our Family Law team can assist.
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