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It might not be the most heart-warming sign of an improving economic situation but official figures show that the number of British couples getting divorced has risen since the end of the recession.

According to the Office for National Statistics there were 118,140 divorces in England and Wales in 2012, an increase of 0.5 per cent on the total for 2011.

But the overall divorce rate is almost a fifth lower than it was a decade earlier, with fewer couples marrying overall driving a downward trend in the number of marriages being dissolved.

The ONS said the year-on-year rise could be a reflection of the changing economic situation.

It suggests that couples trapped in unhappy marriages could have been waiting for the value of their house to recover before attempting to split their assets.

Read more about this here at  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/divorce/10621218/Rise-in-divorce-follows-end-of-recession.html