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Divorce Slightly Less Popular

According to the ABS statistics released today for 2003, there were 53,100 divorces granted in Australia in 2003, representing a decrease of 2% compared with divorces granted in 2002 (54,000). The ABS has calculated that if a newly-born group of babies was exposed to 1997-1999 rates of marriage, widowing, divorce, remarriage and mortality, 32% of their marriages would end in divorce.

The median age at divorce for men in 2003 was 42.6 years, up from 39.3 years in 1993. For women, the median age at divorce for 2003 increased to 39.9 years, up from 36.4 years in 1993. The rise in the median age at divorce is associated with increasing age at first marriage and to some extent the increase in the interval between marriage and divorce. The median age at first marriage for males was 29.2 years in 2003, up from 27.0 years in 1993. For females, the median age at first marriage was 27.3 years in 2003, up from 27.1 years in 2002 and 24.8 years in 1993.

Posted Tuesday, 22 February 2005


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