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Australians are marrying later and divorcing less compared with 20 years ago.

Aussies marry later, divorce less

Australians are marrying later, living together before marriage and divorcing less compared to 20 years ago, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures on marriages and divorces.

Marriages between two Australian-born people have gradually decreased over the last 20 years, with the proportion of marriages between two people born in Australia decreasing from 72.9 per cent in 2006 to 54.5 per cent of all marriages in 2016.

Marriages between two people born in the same overseas country have increased from 9.1 per cent in 2006 to 13.9 per cent in 2016. Marriages of people born in different countries accounted for 31.6 per cent of all marriages in 2016 compared with 18 per cent in 2006.

The majority of people lived together prior to marrying, increasing by over 16 per cent over the last two decades to 80 per cent of couples.

“The age of couples marrying for the first time has risen over the past 20 years, with the groom now likely to be closer to 30 years (27.6 in 1996 compared to 30.3 in 2016) and the bride in her late 20s (25.7 in 1996 compared to 28.7 in 2016)," Justine Boland from the ABS explained.

Data also showed the number of religious marriage ceremonies has continued to decline over 20 years with a preference for civil marriage ceremonies.

In addition to this, in many states and territories relationship registers have continued to grow as an alternative to marriage, with 10.8 per cent of all relationships now being formalised.

Over the last five years, the proportion of those couples legalising their relationships in a registered relationship has more than doubled.

“The research also shows that over the past 20 years the number of divorces granted peaked in 2001 at 55,330, and 15 years later in 2016 divorces have decreased by 16 per cent to 46,604. Those (who) divorce are staying married longer than 20 years ago, with couples that separate being married for 12 years on average," Ms Boland said.

“The age for marriage after a divorce is now mid to late 40s for both males and females."

Queensland continues to have the highest divorce rate of 2.2 divorces per 1000 estimated resident population, while the Northern Territory had the lowest divorce rate at 1.3 per 1000 estimated resident population.

As in 2015, Tasmania has continued to have the highest median ages at divorce for males and females in 2016. The median age at divorce for males was 48.1 years in Tasmania and for females, the median age at divorce was 45.6 years.

Queensland and Western Australia have reported the highest proportion of all divorces involving children, at 49.4 per cent and 48.3 per cent respectively, taking over from the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania in 2015. New South Wales (44.8 per cent) and Tasmania (45.6 per cent) reported the lowest proportion of divorces involving children.

Why do you think divorce rates are dropping in Australia? Why do you think Queenslanders divorce at a higher rate than couples in the Northern Territory?

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    Grateful
    29th Nov 2017
    11:34am
    Pretty clear why the NUMBER of divorces have decreased. The NUMBER of people who have actually married has dropped significantly.
    Doesn't say what percentage of marriages end up in divorce, that would be a better stat on which to comment.
    But, very clearly shows that all the hoo haaa about legalizing same sex marriages is being proven to be a throwback of a different time and that our culture has changed VERY significantly to what we knew when we were growing up. I recall how an unmarried couple living together was very seriously frowned upon by communities!! It's now "normal" and so will same sex marriage very soon become "normal".
    BUT, I believe that that survey was grossly misinterpreted that it only asked for opinions on same sex marriage. That was a given. It's the definition of marriage and the alteration to that definition and the wording of the Marriage Act that will cause the greatest angst.
    Let's see those stats in 10 years time!!!
    Rosret
    29th Nov 2017
    12:49pm
    I am so glad "moving in" before marriage is the norm these days. A person doesn't fly their true colours until they co-habitat.
    Polly Esther
    29th Nov 2017
    1:36pm
    Yes you two, very wise and true words from the both of you :-)
    Anonymous
    29th Nov 2017
    3:31pm
    Same-sex 'marriage' is an oxymoron. But I bet the divorce lawyers will be salivating and rubbing their hands together even more.
    Charlie
    29th Nov 2017
    12:11pm
    Where's the stats for Victoria, are they all gay down there or don't they keep records?
    Polly Esther
    29th Nov 2017
    1:32pm
    They may very well be Charlie, who knows, who cares.
    Why don't you take a trip down there and find out if you are that interested. Who knows ?? :-)) have a great day & LOL
    Charlie
    29th Nov 2017
    4:35pm
    I am interested Polly because they mentioned the state where I live but didn't mention Victoria. This seems entirely inconsistent with what has been happening lately, with Victorians making the biggest noise about Same-sex marriage and Euthanasia.
    Rosret
    29th Nov 2017
    12:43pm
    Very interesting. Mind you if the average person is nearly 30 when they marry they have probably have had lots of "false starts" before tying the knot.
    Polly Esther
    29th Nov 2017
    1:32pm
    :-))))
    Foxy
    29th Nov 2017
    1:05pm
    ... of course people are "staying married" longer! People cannot afford to split-up/leave these days - plus people are working 'til 70 plus in some instances ....!

    Out of alllllllllll my married friends - there is not one of them - not one - that is happy! The women are in fear of leaving because of financial reasons and living alone in their 60's etc. - the men won't leave 'cause they need a "woman" to look after them and live in their sheds most of the time!

    Stalemate! What a miserable existence some must live??
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    1:24pm
    Men need a women to look after them. What a joke. Any idiot can push the button on the washing machine and fry a steak. They are staying together because they are better off financially together than apart. Every week on this site we see what happens financially to women later on in life on their own.
    My advice to men is if you're young enough to set yourself up again and your sick of the wife ditch the bitch before it's too late.
    Anonymous
    29th Nov 2017
    3:34pm
    It's the MEN who have everything to fear financially. In the likely even of a divorce, they're the ones who get fleeced.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    5:11pm
    Knows-a-lot that's true but some men get out of a bad relationship early and can restart, as long as you don't remarry.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    1:14pm
    Yes of course there are less people getting a divorce fewer people are getting married. This number as a percentage of the population has been decreasing since the 70s. What's a shock to me is why any men are marrying at all. Still I believe we have more marrying than in the UK where I have read they are at numbers that similar to the 1890s when the population was much smaller. The US has 70% of y gen not married at all. Some women are marrying themselves on the Internet. It's called the marriage strike. But the US does have alimony laws, where a women gets married and even if they divorce he pays her way for the rest of her life. I notice feminist don't fight that law. So much for equality.
    Anonymous
    29th Nov 2017
    3:37pm
    In the U.S., there's the MGTOW movement - Men Going Their Own Way. Who can blame them?

    Feminism is a lie; and equality is a chimera. It's MEN who need the level playing field.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    5:06pm
    Knows -a-lot there are many groups starting up. MGTOW has young men who are in their 20s deciding to have a vasectomy and have no intention of marrying. Red pill males are all over the place, MRAs and the list just gets longer. I'm fairly easy going but a lot of these groups are getting really angry and it's just the start. This site has mainly older males that are easy going but younger men are not. These aren't small groups either, it's becoming very mainstream.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    1:29pm
    I've put this video as a comment recently but it's worth putting on again. It explains why men aren't marrying anymore.
    For the guys
    Men not marrying? How deep does "the problem" go?
    karen straughan 1,341,571 views
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rlvMAS_20K4
    Puglet
    29th Nov 2017
    7:43pm
    Tib, you are a very, abusive, angry man. It sounds as though your marriage and divorce were unpleasant for you. There is no need to be so unpleasant to the posters who are women. They haven’t hurt you. The women have as much right to be on here as you so please be courteous.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    9:36pm
    Piglet I didn't say anything abusive.that is an unfair appraisal of the situation. If you find people with a different opinion than your offensive perhaps you should go to a feminist site where I'm sure they don't allow anyone with a different opinion.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    9:50pm
    Piglet I am in fact offended by your tone. I have not been abusive to anyone in fact many people particular women like foxy have been not only abusive but have also used offensive language. Not me. You don't have the right to make false accusations against me or attempt to shut me up just because you disagree with me.
    Also do not attempt to use the gender victim card against me I have had just as many disagreements with OG and OM and other men. You are not a victim but in fact a bully who will attempt stop other people voicing their opinion by claiming to be a victim. Like all feminists you are a passive agressive bully. You misunderstand the word courteous to mean agree with everything you say ....or else.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    9:55pm
    Piglet By the way never pretent to know anything about my marriage or divorce you know nothing about me so I can do without your condescending comments.
    Triss
    29th Nov 2017
    10:12pm
    Tib, calling a female a bitch is offensive and abusive and the fact that you are not aware of that says a lot about you, none of it good I'm afraid.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    10:16pm
    Triss I did not call any women on this site a bitch and you know it so don't pretent to be offended.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    10:38pm
    I see the easily offended PC brigade is here today. Perhaps I should of written a trigger warning at the beginning of any comment just to make sure they didn't feel any micro aggressions that may cause them to run to their safe space.
    Foxy
    30th Nov 2017
    7:15am
    ... been telling you for a long time in the Meeting Place that the majority of your comments are uncalled for ......at least people in the Main Forum (here) can now see you for what you really are .... you come across as nasty/bitter and you cannot have an opinion without being insulting!
    Tib
    30th Nov 2017
    7:20am
    Foxy not swearing and your usual insulting self today. To late to change your spots now.
    Foxy
    30th Nov 2017
    5:11pm
    Tib - I have asked you politely - many many times - stop "tagging" me on here with your bullying and your constant insulting abuse!

    If you keep doing it - I am going to have to report you! I do not swear on here Tibs? Drinking too much as usual? lol
    Pamiea
    29th Nov 2017
    2:02pm
    I havent been married since I was 30. I'm now 68 and would never go down that road again. Very bad experience. I am happy in my own skin, pretty self sufficient and financially ok. Who wants to take on someone looking for a nurse or purse? Not I!!!
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    2:08pm
    It's you that may need a purse or a nurse. But hey most men agree with you.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    2:16pm
    Recently we had most of you women wanting a man with a huge bank balance and one foot in the grave. Yet you don't want to be a nurse. Sounds like you ladies are missing an opportunity. Come on ladies I know you know a bargain when you see one. Ha ha

    29th Nov 2017
    3:29pm
    Marriage for men is a mug's game nowadays. 60+% of marriages end in divorce, then the woman takes everything - including the man's superannuation. This injustice has come about because of bloody feminism and feminists' lies. And men on average die younger than women. i wonder why...
    Kathleen
    29th Nov 2017
    8:43pm
    Some very bitter males on here! If you are lucky enough to marry young and still be with the same spouse 50 plus years later then you are very fortunate indeed. Lucky us!
    roy
    29th Nov 2017
    9:15pm
    I feel so so sorry for Prince Harry, I thought he had more sense.
    roy
    29th Nov 2017
    9:15pm
    I feel so so sorry for Prince Harry, I thought he had more sense.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    9:59pm
    If you look closely you will see even more bitter females.
    Triss
    29th Nov 2017
    10:16pm
    I'm with you, Grandma Kathleen.
    Triss
    29th Nov 2017
    10:18pm
    Prince Harry is in love [he said it] and fabulously happy it isn't possible to feel sorry for him. Lose the envy, Roy, be happy for him and his future bride.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    11:04pm
    Yeah So was his father. :) or is he the one who looks like someone else.
    Tib
    29th Nov 2017
    11:10pm
    Is Harry the one that looks like that soldier ,or milkman or whatever.
    Foxy
    30th Nov 2017
    7:20am
    Can't bear to see Prince Harry happy?? (or anyone perhaps?)... you are insulting and disgusting Tib! A miserable miserable person!
    Tib
    30th Nov 2017
    7:44am
    Foxy not lol lol lol happy :) why don't you swear at everybody that usually cheers you up.
    Foxy
    30th Nov 2017
    5:13pm
    I am reporting you bigtime! You are one nasty nasty piece of work!!!
    Reagan
    30th Nov 2017
    7:33pm
    You're a laugh a second Foxy, you're reporting someone?????
    Unbelievable as they say, LOLOL
    Reagan
    30th Nov 2017
    7:35pm
    ps: having had around 20 posts removed this week alone, I'd keep quiet if I wuz you!
    Foxy
    30th Nov 2017
    7:49pm
    Who are you Reagan? Friend of Tibs no doubt? Just another nasty piece of work - bitter and sad.......I'm not surprised you have had all those posts removed - you are a mega liar! Liar!
    Reagan
    30th Nov 2017
    7:56pm
    Good try Foxo, I did not have any posts removed. What I meant and you know I meant YOU had all those posts removed.

    Not satisfied with your bad behaviour on the Meeting Place, you are now reeking havoc here????
    ex PS
    3rd Dec 2017
    1:52pm
    Most people who marry later have probably gone through one divorce, anyone who has been divorced once is going to avoid ever going through one again, either by being careful about who they marry or by being more tolerant. What's that saying about a fool making the same mistake twice?


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