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Provisional statistics on divorces in England and Wales in 1994 show that: ...
Provisional statistics on divorces in England and Wales in 1994 show that:

- There were 158,000 decrees absolute, 7,000 (4%) fewer than in 1993 and the first year since 1989 that the number of divorces has fallen.

- The median duration of marriage at divorce was 9.8 years, unchanged from 1993 but a decrease compared with 10.1 years in 1984.

- 71 per cent of divorces were granted to wives where the most frequent grounds given were behaviour (53%) and adultery (22%). Of those granted to the husband adultery (37%) and separation (two years and consent) (28%) were the most frequently given.

Further details will be available in Population Trends 82 to be published in December, and Marriage and Divorce statistics 1994 to be published in 1996.
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