3307.0.55.001 - Divorces, Australia, 2007 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/08/2008  Final
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Statistics presented in Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3307.0.55.001) are sourced from the Family Court of Australia. The Family Court of Australia was created by the Family Law Act 1975


Divorces, Australia presents statistics about couples granted divorce (decree made absolute) in Australia for the current year. Under the Family Law Act 1975, the irretrievable breakdown of marriage is the only ground on which a divorce is granted. This ground is established by the husband and wife having lived apart for 12 months or more, and there being no reasonable likelihood of reconciliation. Applications for nullity of a marriage under Family Law legislation must be on the ground that the marriage is void because of failure to meet a legal requirement such as that neither party be already lawfully married to another person. There is no provision for judicial separation under Family Law legislation.


Divorces, Australia is produced annually from data collected by the Family Court of Australia and all couples granted divorce (decree made absolute) during the year are included. Information from the collection is released approximately seven months after the reference period.


Non-sample errors are the main influence on accuracy in datasets such as this which are a sourced from a complete census of the population rather than a sample. Non-sample error arises from inaccuracies in collecting, recording and processing the data. The most significant of these errors are: misreporting of data items; non-response to particular questions; and processing errors. Every effort is made to minimise error by providing information guide to applicants and working closely with data providers.


Use of the supporting documentation released with the statistics is important for assessing coherence within the dataset and when comparing the statistics with data from other sources. The Explanatory Notes in each issue contains information pertinent to this particular release which may impact on comparison over time.


Divorces, Australia contains detailed Explanatory Notes, Appendices and Glossary that provide information on the data sources, terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with these statistics.


In addition to the information provided in this publication, a series of data cubes are also available providing detailed information on divorces. If the information you require is not available from the publication or the data cubes, then the ABS may also have other relevant data available on request. Inquiries should be made to the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or by sending an email to client.services@abs.gov.au