3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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PREVIOUS MARITAL STATUS

In 2009, 95,871 brides (79.8% of all registered marriages) and 93,796 grooms (78.1%) had not been married previously. These proportions are both 0.8 percentage points higher than in 2008, continuing the trend since 2001.

1.6 Previously never married, Australia, 1989-2009
Graph: 1.6 Previously never married, Australia, 1989–2009


In 70.6% of marriages in 2009 neither party had previously been married, and a further 16.7% were first marriages for one partner.

In 2009, 22,263 brides (18.5% of all brides) and 24,535 grooms (20.4%) registered for marriage had been previously divorced. These proportions are both 0.7 percentage points lower than in 2008.

1.7 Previously divorced, Australia, 1989-2009
Graph: 1.7 Previously divorced, Australia, 1989–2009


In 2009, 1,984 brides (1.7% of all brides) and 1,787 grooms (1.5%) registered for marriage had been previously widowed. These proportions are both 0.1 percentage points lower than in 2008, continuing the trend.

1.8 Previously widowed, Australia, 1989-2009
Graph: 1.8 Previously widowed, Australia, 1989–2009


Since 1989, the number of widows and widowers remarrying has been steadily decreasing.





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