New Report: Lesbian Couples Twice as Likely to Divorce than Gay Couples in UK

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday November 19, 2020

New Report: Lesbian Couples Twice as Likely to Divorce than Gay Couples in UK
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A new report shows that, in the UK, lesbian couples are more than twice as likely to get divorced than gay men, The Daily Mail reports.

On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics published results from annual research on divorces in England and Wales, specifically. The research found that among same-sex couples, divorces in 2019 — 822 total — had risen to nearly twice as many from the year before — 428 in 2018. Among those, 589 were dissolutions of lesbian relationships, with 233 between men. This represents a steep rise from 2018, in which 321 divorces took place between women and 107 between men.

Divorces among heterosexual couples reached 107,599 last year, the largest total since 2014, when 111,1169 couples split. The Office for National Statistics has said that increases could be attributed, in part, to a backlog of casework.

Marriages, whether heterosexual or same-sex, will likely be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. David Leadercramer, a partner at Osborne's Law with a specialty in family cases, predicts a further rise: "Despite these figures representing a large increase in divorces I predict this is the calm before the storm as I would expect to see even higher figures next year. The pandemic has put immeasurable strain on relationships and has caused a massive influx of cases hitting the divorce courts. In 35 years as a family lawyer I have never seen a consistently busy year like this year and that will be reflected in next year's divorce numbers."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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