Divorce Rate

Divorce Rate in Denmark

The graph shows the total number of divorces with respect to the length of marriage for all the divorces that took place in Denmark during 2010. For instance, 911 couples divorced after a period of 3 years of marriage.

Denmark Divorce Rate

From the graph, it is clearly observed that the chances of divorce in the first few years of marriage are greater as compared to the later years. The total amount of divorces in Denmark in 2010 was 14292, that is around 39 per day of the year.

Divorce in Denmark

In Denmark, everyone is given the right to opt for a divorce if they so desire. However, before granting divorce, the couple is required to stay separated for a certain period of time. It depends on the situation as to how long the couple should stay separated before divorce.

Separation for 6 months or for 12 months

A couple who desires to opt for a divorce needs to stay separated for a period of six months. The couple needs to agree on this condition or else the divorce is likely to be arranged without any court case which may be granted after a period of 12 years of separation.

Divorce without separation in Denmark

Under the following special circumstances divorce can be obtained without prior separation:

  • If the couple has been staying apart for two years due to disagreements
  • If one of the spouses has been found to be unfaithful within the last two years
  • If one of the spouses has indulged in serious acts of violence against oneself or against the children
  • If one of the spouses has taken the children abroad on illegal terms or has retained the children abroad
  • If one of the spouses has married somebody else

What needs to be done?

In order to file for a divorce, an application for legal separation or divorce needs to be sent to the Regional State Administration. In case the couple reaches an agreement in terms of the divorce and right to keep the house and so on, then the divorce may be granted easily by the Regional State Administration. However, in case the couple disagrees on certain issues, then they need to be settled by the law.


It costs about DKK 500 (as of 2008) to get a divorce case in Denmark finalized by the Regional State Administration.

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