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2015 KEY POINTS
There were 113,595 marriages registered and 48,517 divorces granted in Australia in 2015. Over the past five years there has been a gradual increase in the median age at separation and divorce. This aligns with a gradual increase in the median age at first marriage.
· The number of marriages decreased in 2015 by 7,602 (-6.3%) and the crude marriage rate decreased from 5.2 in 2014 to 4.8 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population in 2015.
· Civil celebrants have overseen the majority of marriages since 1999 and the proportion of marriage ceremonies overseen by a civil celebrant increased again to 74.9 per cent of all marriages in 2015.
· In 2015, the majority of brides (81.1%) and grooms (79.1%) had not been married before.
· The median age at marriage for males in 2015 was 31.8 years an increase from 31.5 in 2013 and 2014. The median age at marriage for females in 2015 was 29.8 years, an increase of 0.2 years since 2014.
· The number of divorces increased by 2,019 (4.3%) in 2015 and the crude divorce rate did not change from 2014 at 2.0 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population in 2015.
· The median duration from marriage to divorce in 2015 was 12.1 years, a slight increase from 12.0 years reported in 2014.
· The median age at divorce for males was 45.3 years of age and the median ages of females was 42.7 years of age for those divorces granted in 2015.
· The largest proportion of divorce applications were from joint applicants, accounting for 43.3% of divorces. Female applicants accounted for 31.6% of divorce applications while male applicants accounted for 25.1%.
In 2015, there were 113,595 marriages registered in Australia, a decrease of 7,602 (-6.3%) from the 121,197 marriages registered in 2014. The crude marriage rate decreased from 5.2 to 4.8 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population.
The median age of males and females at marriage was 31.8 and 29.8 years respectively in 2015. The median age at marriage for males has increased by 0.3 years since 2014 and the median age at marriage for females has increased by 0.2 years since over the same period.
The proportion of marriage ceremonies performed by civil celebrants has continued to increase in 2015, with civil celebrants performing 74.9% of all registered marriage ceremonies, an increase from 74.1% in 2014.
Couples who lived together prior to marriage accounted for 81.0% of all marriages registered in 2015, an increase from the 79.4% recorded in 2014.
Marriages where both partners were marrying for the first time accounted for 71.9% of all marriage in 2015. The number of marriages where one partner was marrying for the first time increased by 0.3 percentage points to 16.3% in 2015, while the proportion of remarriages for both partners increased from 11.5% in 2014 to 11.7% in 2015.
In 2015, 54.2% of couples married were both born in Australia, 31.9% were born in different countries, and 13.9% were born in the same overseas country.
1.1 SELECTED MARRIAGE INDICATORS(a), Australia, Selected years, 1995–2015
In 2015, there were 48,517 divorces granted in Australia, an increase of 2,019 (4.3%) from the 46,498 divorces granted in 2014.
The crude divorce rate for the number of divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population was 2.0 in 2015 (unchanged from 2014).
The median age of males and females at divorce was 45.3 and 42.7 years respectively in 2015. Median age at divorce in 2015 has increased by 0.1 years for males and 0.2 years for females from 2014.
In 2015, divorces involving children represented 47.5% of all divorces granted compared with 47.0% in 2014. The number of children involved in divorces totalled 42,303 in 2015, an increase from the 40,152 reported in 2014. The average number of children per divorce involving children in 2015 was 1.8.
The median duration from marriage to divorce in 2015 was 12.1 years, a slight increase from that reported in 2014. This is the first increase in a decade. This number had been decreasing from a peak of 12.6 years in 2005.
Over the last 20 years, the proportion of divorces granted as result of joint applications for divorce has been increasing. This has continued in 2015 to the point where joint applicants are the highest applicant type for the sixth year in a row, with 21,002 divorces granted from joint applications, compared with 15,337 from female applicants and 12,178 from male applicants.
1.2 SELECTED DIVORCE INDICATORS, Australia, Selected years, 1995-2015
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