Divorce Rate in Australia
Divorce rate in Australia in around 40%. Meaning, about 40 percent of marriages can be expected to end in divorce. Adding a small fraction for marriage breakdowns which are never formalized by divorce,it is estimated that about 43 per cent of marriages end in separation within 30 years of the marriage.
Divorce rate in Australia stands at around 3 divorces per 1000 marriages. Census records show that more than 55,000 divorces were granted in 2001. During the same period around 103,000 marriages were registered.
Source: Australian Historical Statistics and ABS
In 1976, the 'no fault' provision came into existence because of which many people chose to get divorced much earlier that they would otherwise do if the provision did not exist. This is the reason why the divorce rates followed a great upward trend in this year because of the new law.
Some facts about Divorce rates in Australia
The divorce rate in Australia for second marriages is little higher than that of first marriages.
Unilateral no-fault divorce legislation was introduced in Australia in 1975. There were 52,500 divorces granted in 1996, the second highest since the record number of 63,230 in 1976 following the introduction of the Family Law Act.
The median age at marriage has increased from 23.4 years for grooms and 21,1 years for brides in 1971 to 27.6 years for grooms and 25.2 for brides in 1996.
Cohabitation before marriage has increased from about 18 per cent in 1975 to almost 60 per cent today.