A few weeks ago the Australian Bureau of Statistics released information regarding marriages and divorces in our country throughout 2018. The results are interesting!
In 2018, there were
- 119,188 marriages; and
- 49,404 divorces.
Of the total number of marriages, 6,538 were same-sex couples. In percentage terms, that’s 5.5% of all marriages.
No surprise here; the most popular season to marry was Spring with a whopping 31.8% of all marriages occurring between 1 September to 30 November 2018. Saturday, 20 October 2018 hosted the highest number of marriages than any other day in 2018 with 1,993 nationwide.
The statistics provide that the median length of marriages before the couples separated was 8.6 years and the median length of marriages before the couples officially divorced was 12.3 years. Whilst these statistics may seem a little sad, they have improved in the last 20 years. In 1998 the median length of marriages before the couples separated was 7.8 years and the median length of marriages before the couples officially divorced was 11.2 years. So couples are staying together for longer, well, slightly longer.