The divorce rate in England and Wales has edged up slightly in 2011 compared to 2010. (See complete report.) For 2011, the rate was 10.8 divorces per 1,000 married persons. The rates were identical for men and women. Over the 40 year time frame (1971-2011), the divorce rates have been falling since 2005. The rates are about the same as the early 1980s. Some caution must be observed in understanding these rates as cohabitation has been increasing during the time period and the rate of marriage has been declining.
The United Kingdom Office of National Statistics just released the 2011 report on cohabitation and divorce. As a part of this report they have produced some excellent 5 minute explanatory videos examining the patterns of cohabitation and civil partnerships.