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DIVORCES

A large number of divorces granted in the ACT are to people usually resident in another state, and therefore numbers shown for the ACT are not representative of divorce in the ACT population.


There were 1,582 divorces registered in the ACT in 2005, down 0.8% from the number registered in 2004 (1,595).



Age at divorce

The median age at divorce has continued to increase in the ACT, as it has Australia-wide. In 2005, the median age at divorce increased to 43.7 years for men and 41.3 years for women, an increase of 3.8 and 4 years, respectively, from 1995.


Nationally in 2005, the median age at divorce was 43.5 years for men and 40.8 years for women. This is an increase of 3.6 years for males and 3.7 years for females since 1995.



Median duration of marriage to divorce

For couples divorcing in the ACT in 2005, the median duration of marriage to divorce was 13.2 years, compared with a national median duration of 12.6 years. The median duration of marriage to separation was also higher in the ACT ( 9.5 years) than nationally (8.8 years).



Application for divorce

In 2005 36.7% of all divorces applied for in the ACT were initiated by wives, while husbands accounted for 30.4%. Nationally, 30.6% of applications for a divorce were made by husbands and 40.8% by wives. Joint applications accounted for 32.8% of ACT divorces in 2005, compared with 28.5% nationally.

5.12 Summary, Marriages and divorces statistics - 2000-2005

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

Marriages

Marriages registered
ACT no.
1 735
1 572
1 583
1 558
1 719
1 655
Aust. no.
113 429
103 130
105 435
106 394
110 958
109 323
Crude marriage rate(a)
ACT rate
5.5
4.9
4.9
4.8
5.3
5.1
Aust. rate
5.9
5.3
5.4
5.4
5.5
5.4
Previous marriage status, ACT
First marriage both partners no.
1 172
1 060
1 060
1 037
1 166
1 139
First marriage one partner no.
313
278
282
296
308
307
Remarriage both partners no.
250
234
241
225
245
209
Proportion of marriages performed by ministers of religion
ACT %
48.5
48.6
46.1
46.3
42.9
41.3
Aust. %
47.2
46.9
45.0
43.4
41.3
40.4
Proportion of marriages performed by civil celebrants
ACT %
51.5
51.4
53.9
53.7
57.1
58.7
Aust. %
52.8
53.1
55.0
56.6
58.7
59.6

Divorces

Divorces granted
ACT(b) no.
1 561
1 684
1 577
1 652
1 595
1 582
Aust. no.
49 906
55 330
54 004
53 145
52 747
52 399
Median duration of marriage
ACT(b) years
12.3
12.3
13.0
12.8
13.1
13.2
Aust. years
11.6
11.8
12.0
12.2
12.3
12.6
Proportion of divorces involving children(c)
ACT(b) %
58.0
53.1
51.9
54.0
45.6
52.2
Aust. %
52.7
51.2
49.7
50.1
49.8
49.8

(a) Rate per 1,000 estimated resident population aged 15 years and over, at 30 June.
(b) Due to the large number of divorces granted in the ACT to persons usually resident in another state or territory, the numbers shown for the ACT are not representitive of divorce in the ACT population.
(c) Unmarried children of the marriage, aged under 18 years.
Australian Historical Population Statistics, 2006 (cat. no. 3105.0.65.001); Marriages, Australia, 2005 (cat. no. 3306.0.55.001); Divorces, Australia, 2005 (cat. no. 3307.0.55.001).


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