MARRIAGES AND DIVORCES
If the registered marriage, remarriage, widowing, divorce and mortality rates for 1997-1999 were to continue into the future, of the life span of 76 years for men, 42 years would be spent as never married, 28 years as married, 2 years as widowed and 5 years as divorced. For women, in a life span of 82 years, the equivalent figures are 40 years as never married, 29 years as married, 6 years as widowed and 7 years as divorced.
Comparing babies born in 1985-1987 and 1997-1999 the average life expectancy at birth increased by nearly 4 years for men and 3 years for women. The average life likely to be spent as never married increased by 6 years for men and 8 years for women. Life likely to be spent married decreased by 4 years for men and 5 years for women. Life span likely to be spent as widowed decreased by less than one year for men and by 2 years for women and that spent as divorced increased by 2 years for both men and women over the same period.
Further information is available in Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2000 (Cat. no. 3310.0) released on 23 August 2001.
This page last updated 14 September 2007