The Office for National Statistics has published provisional annual statistics for marriages that took place in England and Wales in 2012.
In 2012, the provisional number of marriages was for men and women aged 25 to 29. The mean age at marriage in 2012 was 36.5 years for men and 34.0 years for women. The mean age at marriage has increased by almost eight years for both men and women since 1972. The largest percentage increase in the number of marriages between 2011 and 2012 was for men and women aged 65 to 69, rising by 25% and 21% respectively.
Alison Barnes – Solicitor/Director at Barnes Family Law comments:
“Happy days indeed that people are increasing looking towards getting married. The sanctity of marriage clearly is on the way back. As a (sometimes) cynical lawyer, this also potentially gives more financial security to those who choose to put their careers on hold to care for the family and the home etc.”