This week has seen a major release of reports and statistics, showing the ever changing face of family life and family law in England and Wales. Firstly, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published their latest numbers for marriage statistics in 2014, the latest year such data is available for.
The stats show that, as of 2014, marriages were on the rise, up 2.7% from the year before, with 247,372 opposite sex couples taking their vows. The greatest rise in the marrying demographic were those men and women aged 65+, seeing rises of 12% and 17% respectively. This rise in older marriages continued to add to the trend seen since trend since the 1970s, of the average age of those getting married, which now sits at 37 for men and 34.6 for women.
Additionally, 2411 same sex couples converted their civil partnerships into a marriage in 2014, although only becoming an available option from 01 March that year. In 2014, civil ceremonies increased by over 4$, whilst religious ceremonies decreased by 0.8%.
Furthermore, CAFCASS have released their latest data, demonstrating that they were instructed on 3,414 private law, children cases in February 2017. This saw a 3% rise on the same period in 2016. This continues to follow a general trend in 2017 of pressure on the advisory service. CAFCASS are expected to handle over 40,000 cases this year for the first time since 2013.
Finally, the Forced Marriage Unit released their data for 2016, showing their services were given in 1,428 cases last year, the highest annual figure since 2012. The FMU reported that over a quarter of cases related to victims under the age of 18 and that 20% of their total cases involved male victims.
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