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Divorce Statistics

The following table illustrates the trends in divorce rates from 1988 to 2007.

Selected divorce indicators - Australia: Selected years - 1988-2007

1988
1998
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007

Divorces granted no.
41 007
51 370
53 145
52 747
52 399
51 375
47 963
Crude divorce rate(a)
2.5
2.7
2.7
2.6
2.6
2.5
2.3
Divorces involving children(b)
Proportion of all divorces %
57.5
53.4
50.1
49.8
49.8
50.1
49.3
Average number of children per divorce(c) no.
1.88
1.88
1.87
1.87
1.87
1.88
1.88
Median age at divorce
Males years
37.6
40.5
42.6
43.0
43.5
43.9
44.2
Females years
34.8
37.8
39.9
40.3
40.8
41.1
41.3
Median length of marriage
To separation years
7.3
7.8
8.7
8.7
8.8
8.9
8.9
To divorce years
10.1
11.2
12.2
12.3
12.6
12.5
12.5
Type of applicant(d)
Male no.
15 280
16 004
17 229
16 365
16 020
15 171
13 216
Female no.
21 015
25 380
22 870
21 614
21 398
20 574
18 571
Joint no.
4 712
9 986
13 046
14 768
14 955
15 582
16 172

(a) Per 1,000 estimated resident population at 30 June. See Glossary and Explanatory Notes 26 and 31 for more information.
(b) Unmarried children of the marriage who were aged under 18 years at the time of application for divorce. See Glossary for more information.
(c) Excludes divorces not involving children.
(d) Excludes divorces where type of applicant is not stated.


DIVORCES GRANTED 

The number of divorces granted in Australia have been decreasing each year since reaching a peak in 2001.

This trend continued in 2007 with 47,963 divorces granted in comparison to 51,375 in 2006, showing a decrease of 3,412 or 6.6% over this period. The number of divorces granted in 2007 was 9.8% lower than five years ago, but only 6.6% lower than 10 years ago due to a peak in the number of divorces granted in 2001.

Divorces granted: Australia - 1988-2007

Graph: Divorces granted: Australia—1988–2007


Thank you to the Australian Bureau of Statistics for this information.


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