I don’t like to be beside the seaside: UK divorce hotspots revealed

If you ever wondered if what town you lived in might affect your chances of getting divorced, you’d be right.

Divorce difficultiesLaw firm Cordell & Cordell analysed divorces from across the UK to come up with the top ten divorce hotspots in the UK. They are:

  • Blackpool
  • Hastings
  • Torbay
  • Weymouth & Portland
  • Thanet
  • Isle of Wight
  • Gosport
  • Eastbourne
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Worthing
It’s amazing to us that there are no major cities on the list. What makes the results even more remarkable is that these top ten towns are all either on the coast or within a very short distance of the sea.


Divorce takes time – but how long?

The survey also revealed that women in their 40s were more likely to initiate divorce proceedings, and that the average time taken to finalise a divorce was just under 18 months. (Not our experience here at LGFL, we always seek to aim for a shorter duration and conclude matters as quickly as possible for you.)

Top reasons for getting divorced

Most surveys conducted on the reasons for divorce reveal adultery as the main reason cited. However, therapist and Relate counsellor Peter Saddington says his clients are more likely to divorce over money problems, especially if one partner likes to spend and the other prefers to save.
Interestingly, he also cites ‘interfering ex-partners’ as the third most common reason for divorce, with intrusive parents as the sixth most common. A difference in opinion on how much detail of a relationship to share with friends or on social media can also be a trigger to divorce.
So, if you’re in your forties, live along the south coast of England, ring your mother every night, and like to spend, spend, spend, it might be time to move to reduce your odds a bit!