Why does Hastings have a high divorce rate?


Hastings has come out as one of the top divorce hotspots in the country, according to new research.

The figures reveal seaside towns are the divorce capitals of Britain.

The top 10 places in the UK with the highest divorce rates are all beside the sea, with Blackpool topping the list, which has a 13.13% divorce rate.

Hastings comes second with a rate of 12.83%

Specialist family law firm, Lake Legal worked with data company Callcredit to carry out the research on Britain’s top 10 divorce hotspots, and also the 10 places which have the lowest divorce rates in the country.

The place with the lowest divorce rate in Britain is Harrow at 5.41%, closely followed by Tower Hamlets with 5.65%, and East Dunbartonshire in Scotland with 5.94%, according to the figures.

The research was carried out by Dr Andy Peloe, technical consultant at Callcredit, based on data compiled from the last census.

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

Commenting on the research, 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?”

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