How To Know When You’ll Get Married and Divorced
According to data collected by the ABS, in 2013, 118,962 couples were married in Australia and 47,638 couples were divorced. We’re older when both those things happen — but just how much older depends on where you live and whether you have been married before.
The median age to be married was 31.5 years for males and 29.5 years for females, both up 0.1 years on 2012 figures. However, there’s a little more variation when you look at the individual states & territories, and again when you consider previous marital status. Here are those figures (all ages in years):
|Male, Never married||29.8||30.1||29.8||29.8||30.1||30.0||30.2||29.9||29.9|
|Female, Never married||28.2||28.6||28.1||28.1||28.4||28.4||28.8||28.2||28.3|
Some other interesting analysis that stood out were the length of time between separation and divorce. Here are the median figures back to 2003, which consistently sit around 3.5 years:
|Length marriage to separation||7.6||8.7||8.7||8.8||8.7||8.6||8.5|
|Length marriage to divorce||10.7||12.2||12.3||12.3||12.2||12.2||12.1|
|Time to divorce||3.1||3.5||3.6||3.5||3.5||3.6||3.6|
You can’t officially file for a divorce until you have been separated for 12 months and one day, but clearly the process takes longer for most people.
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