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Divorce

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) pension sharing orders and (b) divorces were granted in each month since December 2000. (140449)

The following table contains data taken from the Family Man computer system in the county courts of England and Wales between January 2001 and December 2006. The data show the number of pension sharing orders and the number of decrees of dissolution of marriage recorded as having been made in that period. The significant increase in the number of pension sharing orders recorded from April 2004 onwards is the result of a change in the way the information was recorded. Prior to this, a certain category of ancillary relief orders was recorded in such a way that pension sharing orders could not be separately identified.

Number of pension sharing and divorces

Total sharing orders

Total divorces

Divorce petitions

Decrees nisi

Decrees absolute

2001

January

3

14,187

13,057

13,682

February

5

15,016

13,077

9,716

March

8

16,066

13,955

11,998

April

3

13,282

13,109

11,343

May

6

14,341

13,162

12,176

June

16

14,831

13,206

11,938

July

21

14,853

14,623

11,775

August

15

14,988

14,294

12,025

September

24

12,929

13,767

11,449

October

41

16,176

14,730

13,197

November

32

15,342

14,392

12,945

December

26

10,330

11,771

9,991

2002

January

43

14,550

14,717

14,176

February

40

15,373

13,519

10,005

March

77

15,385

14,141

11,365

April

106

15,309

13,477

13,191

May

130

16,449

15,509

13,189

June

77

12,418

12,298

10,904

July

183

16,041

15,461

13,015

August

123

14,759

13,769

12,188

September

134

14,485

13,896

12,738

October

226

16,553

15,751

13,308

November

214

14,996

15,013

12,436

December

196

10,906

13,429

10,947

2003

January

177

14,627

14,621

15,605

February

213

15,421

13,227

11,133

March

234

16,164

14,504

12,817

April

210

13,401

14,824

12,507

May

287

13,712

13,303

13,189

June

214

14,991

14,241

12,944

July

264

15,475

15,150

13,667

August

189

13,314

13,544

11,452

September

232

14,740

13,873

13,081

October

303

16,414

15,055

13,740

November

311

13,417

13,177

12,078

December

272

11,589

12,518

12,079

2004

January

280

12,912

14,045

14,077

February

257

15,319

12,943

11,564

March

377

17,185

15,647

13,902

April

890

13,576

13,973

12,577

May

980

12,869

13,043

12,102

June

1,055

14,567

14,493

13,352

July

979

14,335

14,290

13,395

August

1,020

13,604

14,971

12,206

September

988

14,024

14,301

13,568

October

949

13,712

12,746

12,685

November

1,030

14,392

14,760

13,012

December

913

10,845

11,122

11,347

2005

January

911

10,988

13,374

13,558

February

963

13,327

12,160

10,646

March

975

13,568

13,605

12,206

April

874

13,531

12,252

12,674

May

924

12,147

12,731

11,055

June

1,052

13,766

13,688

12,871

July

981

12,247

12,802

11,726

August

971

13,053

13,192

12,028

September

877

13,170

12,410

12,194

October

884

12,926

11,768

11,319

November

1,012

13,588

12,788

11,908

December

801

9,513

10,147

10,327

2006

January

833

11,399

12,974

11,783

February

880

12,615

11,773

10,142

March

988

14,694

13,467

12,514

April

724

10,775

11,757

10,143

May

783

12,666

11,897

11,564

June

916

13,228

12,105

11,452

July

805

11,974

11,889

10,678

August

804

12,922

12,155

11,413

September

844

12,568

11,780

10,999

October

841

13,112

12,565

11,275

November

927

13,394

11,985

11,807

December

750

9,217

10,895

9,387

35,693

990,558

964,653

873,445