With the global economic recession easing, the number of divorce cases in Britain has shot up as warring husbands and wives can now afford to bear the costs of dividing their property and paying legal bills.
The number of couples finalising divorces has gone up by six per cent in the last three months, from 28,600 to 30,400, the Daily mail quoted a legal firm as saying.
The economic upturn, after two years of recession, means that warring couples can now afford the luxury of divorce.
The trend runs counter to years in which married couples have increasingly opted to stay together.
"Husbands and wives have been telling us that they felt they simply couldn't afford to break up during the last two years. They were often living under the same roof, both knowing that their marriages had no future in the medium-term, let alone well into the future", Andrew Newbury, a partner in Pannone legal firm, was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
Among factors that could be persuading couples to go through with a divorce are greater job security and more confidence that property will maintain its value and, if necessary, sell.
According to latest official figures 121,799 divorce cases were reported in England and Wales in 2008, around 5.5 per cent down on the 128,232 in 2007.
The last time numbers were so low was in 1975 when there were 120,522 divorces.
He said, "There are couples with doubts about whether their marriages will last, wondering whether they should speed up the process of separation to take advantage of any economic improvements."