Resort named ‘divorce capital,’ claims legal poll

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New research has revealed seaside towns are the divorce capitals of Britain –with Blackpool topping the list.

Law firm Lake Legal worked with data experts Callcredit to carry out the research on Britain’s top 10 divorce hotspots using data from the last census.

The resort had the highest divorce rate in the country at 13.13 per cent, followed by Hastings in Sussex with 12.83 per cent, and Torbay with a divorce rate of 12.19 per cent.

Other towns in the top 10 included Weymouth, Eastbourne and GreatYarmouth.

The town with the lowest divorce rate in Britain is Harrow at 5.41 per, closely followed by Tower Hamlets with 5.65 per cent, and East Dunbartonshire in Scotland with 5.94 per cent.

The research was carried out by Dr Andy Peloe, technical consultant at Callcredit.

Lyn Ayrton, managing partner at Lake Legal, said: “Often money problems rather than infidelity lead to behaviour that is then cited as the reason for divorce.

“While seaside towns can be lovely places to live, they are often areas of high deprivation.

“It is difficult to explain why seaside towns have a much higher divorce rate than inland towns.

“Perhaps, after lively summer seasons at the seaside, the sheer boredom of winter on the coast in England drove inhabitants to some form of distraction?”

The divorce rate in the UK as a whole was 8.2 per cent last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The increase in the number of divorces is being driven by those aged 50 to 64, than in younger age groups.