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Jo Edwards, chair of Resolution, comments:
'The latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that the divorce rate has dropped. There are many possible reasons for this - the lack of availability of family legal aid may mean that people simply aren't getting the support they need to bring their relationship to a formal conclusion. The rise in cohabiting couples, the fastest growing type of household in Britain, may also play a role - cohabitation separation is not included in these statistics.
Whatever the reason, there are still many thousands of British families who are experiencing family breakdown every year, whether that's divorce or separation. The Resolution Parenting Charter, which asks parents to put their children's needs first during divorce, is more crucial than ever. We know from our own research released today that children are more concerned about the conflict and acrimony that accompanies divorce than the divorce itself. That's why it's vital that divorcing and separating parents agree to put their differences aside and work together in the ongoing interests of their family.'The ONS statistical bulletin on 2013 divorce rates is available to download here - ONS statistical bulletin - 2013 divorce figures.pdf
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