3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/12/2010
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AGE AT MARRIAGE, SEPARATION AND DIVORCE
Overall, males who were granted a divorce in 2009 tended to be older than females at marriage, separation and divorce.
Of all females granted a divorce in 2009, 61.0% were aged under 45 years in comparison to 51.5% of males granted a divorce in this age group. The 35-39 years age group had the highest percentage of divorces granted for both males (16.4%) and females (17.8%).
The median age at marriage for males whose divorces were granted in 2009 was 28.1 years, compared to 25.5 years for females, while the median age at separation for males granted divorce was 40.7 years, compared to 38.0 years for females. Similarly, the median age of males at divorce was 44.4 years, compared to 41.5 years for females.
The median age at divorce has generally been increasing for both males and females over the past 20 years. This trend continued in 2009, with median age at divorce for males increasing by 0.3 years and the median age at divorce for females increasing by 0.1 years compared to 2008.