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LENGTH OF MARRIAGE OF DIVORCING COUPLES

The median length of marriage to separation for couples granted divorce in 2009 was 8.7 years, a slight decrease from 8.8 years in 2008. The median length of marriage to divorce was 12.3 years for divorces granted in 2009.

2.7 Median duration to separation and divorce, Australia, 1989-2009
Graph: 2.7 Median duration to separation and divorce, Australia, 1989–2009


Over the last 20 years, median length of marriage to separation and divorce has steadily increased, with length of marriage to divorce increasing at a slightly faster rate than length of marriage to separation.

In 1989, the median length of marriage to separation was 7.3 years and in 1999 it was 7.9 years. In 1989, the median length of marriage to divorce was 10.2 years and in 1999 it was 11.3 years.





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