Divorce Rate in Canada
According to The Department of Justice, Child Support Initiative, and Evaluation Report of August 1997, the divorce rate in Canada is about 48%. What it means is, one marriage out of every two marriages end up in divorce. But remember that for many, divorces and marriages are repetitions.
Some facts about the divorce rates in Canada
Source: Marriage and Conjugal Life in Canada
Are divorce rates in Canada going up or down?
Records of divorce in Canada presents us with the following rates of divorce throughout the years:
Post the rise in divorce rates in Canada in 1987, the rate gradually dropped down, making it slowly uniform throughout the 1990s. Recently in 2007 as well as 2008, the divorce rates reported were relatively low. It had been estimated that in 2008, 41% marriages would end up in a legal separation or divorce before the couple's 30th marriage anniversary. This is a 36% rise from the divorce rates reported in 1998 (Statistics Canada 2011).
As per the divorce statistics, there were about 53,804 new divorce cases registered in the civil courts in Canada in 2010-2011, which indicates a 2% rise from 2009-2010. The rates of marriage are also dropping at a significant rate in Canada. There were 150,505 marriages that took place in 2006 which dropped down to 147,288 in 2008.
Remarriage in Canada: How common is it?
Nearly 65% to 75% of men as well as women who get divorced in Canada are likely to get remarried. There exist 48% chances of remarriage for women aged between 35-50 in Canada. The chances of remarriage for men aged between 35-50 is 61%. For women who are a little younger, that is between 25-35, the chances of remarriage are 66% while the same percentage in case of men is 80%. This indicates that as age increases, the chances of remarriage for women are lower.
The best way to get proper information is to seek assistance from lawyers specializing in Divorce cases, who have real time exposure to various disputes and causes leading to divorce. One has to consider that an unknown proportion of this, i.e., 25% to 35% of men and women who do not opt for remarriage do tend to cohabit. The likelihood of opting to cohabit is more in case of younger divorced couples as compared to the older ones. Men are more likely to cohabit as compared to women. However, there is a rise in number of older divorce couples who are cohabiting.