HARTLEPOOL’S divorce rate is three times the national average and the highest of any area in Teesside, new figures have revealed.
Research by Cygnet Family Law has revealed where in Tees Valley is the most romantic place and where heartbreak abounds.
Hartlepool is the heartbreak hub of Tees Valley with six divorces per 1,000 of population each year. The national average is two.
The town is also below the national average for marriage/civil partnership, at two per 1,000 of population, the national average is four.
Darlington has been found to be the town of love with only one divorce per 1,000 people and it also has the highest rates of marriage/civil partnerships, with four per 1,000 of population.
The Tees Valley town where the fewest propose to their loved one is Stockton.
Peter Medd, founder of Cygnet Family Law, which is based in Redcar, said: “This research has provided a fascinating insight into how marriages and civil partnerships and relationship breakdowns shape up in the Tees Valley.
“I am sure this research will spark debate about why one borough is more romantic than another or why more people split up in a particular area.
“There are a variety of reasons why relationships collapse, but we have found that tough economic times can accelerate marital break-ups as struggling to make ends meet can led to stress and arguments among couples.
“However, regardless of where people live or what the reasons are for a relationship break-up, the advice is the same and that is that professional help should be sought to work out complex financial and emotional issues and, if at all possible, reach an amicable settlement.”
In England and Wales there were 243,808 marriages in a year. The number of people living in England and Wales is 56,567,800 which equates to a rate of 0.004 marriages per head of population.
Mr Medd added: “Financial pressures can affect couple’s marital harmony and with the rising cost of living, particularly energy and food prices combined with insecurity over employment and the Welfare Reforms, has the potential to push couples apart.”
The research is based on Freedom of Information requests made to local authorities about marriages and civil partnerships and the Ministry of Justice on divorces.