Marriages (Do’s) and Divorces (Don’ts) in Australia

marriage and divorce statisticsThe Australian Bureau of Statistics has released data for its publication 3310.0 Marriages and Divorces in Australia 2014.

Did you know?

  • The most popular date for couples to marry in 2014 was 12 April.
  • Of the 121,197 marriages registered in Australia in 2014, Ministers of religion. conducted about 26% of the marriages, and civil celebrants about 74%. Compare those percentages to data from 1994: of the 111,174 marriages registered, 56.9% of the marriage ceremonies were solemnized by ministers of religion and just 43.1% by civil celebrants.
  • In 2014, the median age for a bride was 29.6 years and for a groom 31.5 years. 20 years ago, the median ages of brides and grooms were 25.1 years and 27.2 years respectively.
  • Our marriages are slightly longer over the past 20 years: from 10.9 years to 12.0 years.
  • The divorce rate has fallen from 2.7[i] in 1994 to 2.0 in 2014.
  • The proportion of divorces involving children has dropped from 52.4% in 1994 to 47% in 2014.
  • Wives continue to apply for divorces more often than husbands, although over the past 20 years there has been a large increase in the number of joint applications for divorce, such that they now exceed applications made solely by spouses.
  • The median age at divorce has risen from 39.7 years to 45.2 years for men, and from 36.8 years to 42.5 years for women.

[i] per 1,000 resident population.

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