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  • Divorce rate lowest in 20 years
  • By Mark Schliebs
  • 30/08/2007 Make a Comment
  • Contributed by: admin ( 59 articles in 2007 )
WOMEN continue to make the most divorce applications, while the age of divorcing couples keeps rising, according to new statistics.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released divorce figures from 2006 which show the number of couples getting divorced was falling everywhere except South Australia and Western Australia.

Nearly 51,380 couples were divorced last year, a 2 per cent drop from 2005.

And the divorce rate has dropped to its lowest level in 20 years, with around 2.5 out of every 1000 people ending their marriages in 2006.

The average length of marriage before divorce fell slightly from 12.6 years in 2005 to 12.5 years in 2006.

While a growing number of couples were 'jointly' applying for divorce (30.3 per cent of all applications in 2006), women continue to account for the most applications (40 per cent).

Last year, the average age of a man seeking divorce was 43.9. For women, it was 41.1.

The latest Australian divorce statistics are out. They can be found at:

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