The divorce rate in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level for 22 years, official statistics revealed Thursday.
Some 132,562 couples split in 2006, equivalent to 12.2 of every 1,000 married couples, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
This was seven percent lower than 2005, and the lowest since 1984.
However, the number of marriages in England and Wales is at a record low and figures showing how many unmarried couples split up are harder to collect.
Men and women in their 20s were the most likely to divorce compared with other age groups, but the average age to divorce was 40 for women and 43 for men, the ONS added.
More than half of divorces involved at least one child under 16, which includes about 125,000 children. Most of these children were under 11 and a fifth were under five.
Couples who divorce do so on average after 11-and-a-half years of marriage, the statistics showed.
The ONS also revealed that for 69 percent of divorces in 2006, the wife was granted the divorce.
For all divorces granted, behaviour was the most common fact proven, it said.
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