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People between 40-44 years of age had the highest percentage of divorces granted, with 16.0% of males and 16.95% of females being granted a divorce falling in that age group in 2015.
The median age at marriage for males divorcing in 2015 was 28.9 years, compared with 26.5 years for females. Median age at separation for males granted a divorce in 2015 was 41.8 years, whereas the median age for females was 39.0 years. In 2015, the median age of males at divorce was 45.3 years and 42.7 years for females.
2.4 Median age at divorce, Australia, 1995–2015
The median age at divorce has been increasing for both males and females over the past 20 years. This trend continued from 2014 to 2015, with the median age at divorce for males increasing from 45.2 to 45.3, and that for females increasing from 42.5 to 42.7.
AGE-SPECIFIC DIVORCE RATES
Age-specific divorce rates can provide a more detailed picture of the ages at which people are granted a divorce. These rates give an indication of the proportion of all males or females in a particular age group granted a divorce per 1,000 estimated resident population of the same age group. More information regarding the calculation of age-specific divorce rates is provided in the Glossary and Explanatory Notes 38-40 and 45.
In 2015, the divorce rate increased for both males and females in every age group except for people aged 16 to 24. The age-specific divorce rates were highest for males in the 45-49 years age group at 9.7 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population, and were also high for males in the 40-44 years age group (9.5 per 1,000 estimated resident population). The age-specific divorce rate was highest for females in the 40-44 years age group (9.8 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population), with both the 35-39 years and 45-49 years age groups also recording higher divorce rates at 9.0 and 9.4 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population respectively.
2.5 Age-specific divorce rates(a), Australia, Selected years, 1995–2015
DIVORCES INVOLVING CHILDREN
In 2015, there were 23,063 divorces involving children under 18 years of age. This represents 47.5% of all divorces granted.
2.6 Proportion of divorces involving children, Australia, 1995–2015
(a) Proportion estimated in 1995 due to unavailability of data.
The number of children affected by divorce has increased from 40,152 in 2014 to 42,303 in 2015. The average number of children for divorces involving children remains at 1.8 children per divorce.
LENGTH OF MARRIAGE OF DIVORCING COUPLES
The median duration of marriage to divorce increased from 11 years in 1995 to a peak of 12.6 years in 2005. After slowly decreasing since 2005, the median duration of marriage to divorce increased by 0.1 to 12.1 years in 2015.
2.7 Median duration to separation and divorce, Australia, 1995–2015
Similarly, the median duration of marriage to separation increased from 7.6 years in 1995 to a peak of 8.9 years in 2006 and 2007. In 2015, the median duration of marriage to separation was 8.5 years.
APPLICANT FOR DIVORCE
Over the last 20 years, the proportion of joint applications for divorce has been increasing, while the proportion of applications by one applicant has decreased. In 2010, the number of joint applications outnumbered male applications and female applications for the first time. In 2015, the proportion of joint applications increased again and remains the highest applicant type at 43.3% of all applications.
2.8 Type of divorce applicant, Australia, 1995–2015
STATE AND TERRITORY DATA
Divorce statistics in this publication are presented by the state or territory where the court granting divorce was located, rather than the state or territory of usual residence of the applicants. The ABS advises caution in the interpretation of data at a state or territory level as applicants for divorce may apply through their nearest court rather than a court in their state or territory of usual residence. For further information refer to Explanatory Notes 25, 30-35.
In 2015, the number of divorces granted in all states and territories increased compared with 2014. The largest proportional increase occurred in Western Australia with 474 (10.5%) more divorces than in 2014.
2.9 Number of divorces, States and territories(a), Selected years, 1995-2015
Queensland had the highest crude divorce rate of 2.3 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population, while the Northern Territory had the lowest divorce rate at 1.6 per 1,000 estimated resident population.
Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania reported the highest proportion of all divorces involving children, at 51.1% and 50.7% respectively. The Northern Territory (43.1%) and Victoria (45.3%) reported the lowest proportion of divorces involving children.
Tasmania had the highest median ages at divorce for males and females in 2015. The median age at divorce for males was 47.4 years in Tasmania and for females, the median age at divorce was 44.9 years.
Median length of marriage prior to divorce was highest in Tasmania (14.5 years) followed by Australian Capital Territory (13.6 years), while the Northern Territory (at 10.5 years) had the shortest median length of marriage to divorce.
In 2015, all states and territories except Tasmania recorded more joint applications for divorce than male applications or female applications.
2.10 Selected divorce indicators, States and territories(a), 2015
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