Divorce in Australia

Divorce in Australia

Divorce rates

Divorce in Australia was relatively rare before World War II. Between the 1940s and 1960s divorce rates rose steadily, however it wasn't until the introduction of the Family Law Act in 1975 that the rate of divorce increased substantially:

  • in 2013, 47,638 couples got divorced in Australia at a rate of 2.1 per 1000 resident population
  • the number of divorces peaked in 1976 with 63,230 couples getting divorced at a rate of 4.6 per 1000 resident population
  • since 1980, divorce rates have steadily declined from 2.7 in 1980 to 2.1 in 2013.

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Median age at divorce

In 2013, the median age at divorce was 44.8 years for men and 42.2 years for women.

Since 1980, the median age at divorce has increased for men and women.

  Men (years) Women (years)
1980 35.2 32.7
2000 41.4 38.6
2013 44.8 42.2

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Divorces involving children

Many divorces occur to couples with children under 18 years of age. However, the proportion of all divorces that involve children has declined since the mid 1960s:

  • 65% of all divorces in 1966 involved children under 18 years compared to 47% in 2013
  • in 2013, 41,747 children under 18 years of age experienced the divorce of their parents.
  Divorces involving children under 18 years (%)
1966 64.5
1986 59.7
2013 47.4

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