Divorce rates fell 10% ....hoorah! But it's down to an administrative backlog.....hurooh!
There are a number of things going on behind these figures. There are new pilot schemes and divorce centres which deal exclusively with issuing petitions which are struggling to cope with the pressure placed on them.
There is also the no-fault divorce element which promises to make divorce kinder and has been widely publicised. Couples have said they will wait to see what happens with this so that neither will have to apportion blame to their spouse, but this doesn't mean that they don't want to separate.
When the Courts resolve their administrative issues and the government puts the no fault divorce back on the table there is likely to be an increase in divorce rates in the short term.
There were 90,871 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2018, a decrease of 10.6% compared with 2017 and the lowest number since 1971.