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Family Law Lockdown Quiz

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Lockdown Quiz: The Family Edition


If nothing else lock down seems to have spawned a new enthusiasm for quizzing.  In the spirit of this, we have put together a family law quiz with some facts and figures (primarily taken from the Office of National Statistics website- no cheating) so if you have a spare 5 minutes and fancy testing yourself please read on:

  1. What proportion of families in the UK are made up of marriage or civil partnership couples?


  1. By what fraction has the number of people living alone increased over the last 20 years?


  1. Why was there a spike in March weddings in the 1950’s and 60’s?


  1. How many couples got married on New Year’s Day in the year 2000 (ie the first day of the new millennium)?


  1. What is the average age people move in with a partner?


  1. In what year did divorce become generally available to the public?


  1. What is the average age of marriage?


  1. What is the average age at which people own their own home?


  1. What is the average age of a first-time mother?


  1. What is the world record for the longest marriage?


We hope you enjoyed this bit of light relief and gained some (fairly useless) knowledge but if you do have any more serious queries about family law, whether that be in relation to divorce, separation, finances or children please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can call the Maguire Family Law Team on 01625 544 650 or email us confidentially on and we will do everything possible to help.


Scroll for the answers:


  1. 2/3
  2. 1/5
  3. A tax rule meant that married men received the full married man’s tax allowance (higher than a single man’s allowance) provided they married before the end of the financial year.
  4. 249
  5. Between 26 -27
  6. 1857 – Before this time it was only available by an Act of Parliament which meant that it was only available to the very rich. There were still limited grounds in 1857, however, and even more so for women.
  7. 31 (women) 33 (men)
  8. 34
  9. 29
  10. 84 years- Held by Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher who both reached the age of 105



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