Divorce Rate

Divorce Rate in New Zealand

It is a known fact that the divorce rate has shown a remarkable increase in number, especially in the developed nations. Since technology has bought people closer, humans do not even think twice before calling it quits. However, divorce rate in New Zealand surprisingly is decreasing from the last decade. This indeed can be a news to cherish as it looks like most people have started believing in the sacred union of marriage, and have also tasted the dreadful consequences a divorce can bring. Whether the fall in the divorce rate is good or otherwise is yet to be known as there are various other factors that need to be considered in order to get a clear demographic trend.

The rate of divorce cannot be solely determined with the number of divorces happening in a nation for a particular year. Factors such as the number of marriages happening in the state, the number of civil unions, the mean age of the population getting married, contribute in a major way to get the appropriate rate of divorce. If we say that the rate of divorce in New Zealand has been declining, we have also not to ignore the fact that the marriage rate has also been dipped in the last decade. Thus, this statistics overall does not give a good picture as far as the trend for marriages and divorces are concerned as a whole.

Divorces rate in New Zealand:

Here are a few pointers that can give a clear picture of the rate of divorce in New Zealand. The data accumulated is till the year end of 2010.

  • There had been 8,874 divorces granted in the year 2010 by family courts. In 2009 it had been 8,737. In-spite of the small rise in the divorce number the rate of divorce remains the same in both the years.
  • A tremendous rise in divorce was witnessed in the year 1981. Mild divorce rules with the enforcement of the Family Proceedings Act 1980 could be blamed for the sudden rise. The rise in divorce rate continued in 1982 with 12,395 divorces taking place in that year.
  • The number of divorces and the divorce rate both fell in the subsequent years, however, from the late 1980's to 2004, the graph showed an upward trend.
  • The last decade witnessed 9,800 divorces on an average. The number has been fluctuating with 10, 609 divorces in 2004 and 8,737 divorces in 2009.
  • 2010 and 2009 witnessed the same divorce rate of 10.2 per 1,000 existing marriages. However, the rate of divorce has been low compared to the year 2007 and 2008, which recorded a divorce rate of 11.3.

A few facts about New Zealand marriage, civil union and divorce:

  • In December 2010, a total number of 20,940 marriages were registered in New Zealand. This figure is 23% less than the figure obtained in 1971, which was 27,199.
  • Marriage rate was recorded at 12.5 per 1,000 population of non-married people in 2010, which is quite less than the rate of 15.5 per 1,000 population, recorded in 2010.
  • 8,874 divorces were granted in December 2010, which was slightly up from the previous year.
  • The rate of divorce had been 10.2 per 1,000 population in 2010, which has been dipped down from the previous years. The rate had been fluctuating between 12 to 12.5 per 1000 marriages from the early 1990s to 2000s.
  • There has been an upward trend the the age of divorces. The median age during the time of divorce in 2010 had been 45.1 years for men and for women it has been 42.5 years. These ages have been about three-and-a-half years older when compared to the median ages of divorce in 2010, which had been 41.6 for men and 39.0 for women.
  • The number of remarriages in 2010 (where one or both of the partners were previously married) was 6,431.This rate had been down to 5% from the previous year of 2009.

New Zealand Divorce Rate

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