Marriage and divorce rates down

It’s not surprising to see that marriage rates are down, and it is inevitable that with fewer people getting married, there are also fewer divorces.

NZH: New Zealand marriage rates are falling, Statistics NZ figures show

Despite a steadily rising population, the general marriage rate has dropped, according to Statistics NZ.

In 1992, the marriage rate was 18.3 couples per 1000 people eligible to marry (or form a civil union from 2005). This has dropped to 10.9 couples in 2017.

“The highest number of marriages and civil unions in the last 25 years was in 2008, when 22,275 couples celebrated,” said population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers.

“The lowest number was in 2013, when 19,425 couples celebrated.”

But the number of divorces had also dropped over the past 25 years.

In 2017, 8001 couples split up and the number of divorces per 1000 existing marriages was 8.4.

This was in comparison to a divorce rate of 11.9 in 1992.

Marriage rates are falling in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom and Australia.

The declining divorce rate has lagged the drop in marriages, but if less people are married it follows that less will divorce. And if relationships don’t work out couples will tend to break up before getting married. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

In today’s society fewer marriages on it’s own means little. Many couples live in virtual married arrangements, without the ceremony and certificate.

It is possible (and common) to make a long term commitment to a partner, and to a family and children, without legal marriage.

13 Comments

  1. David

     /  May 4, 2018

    Been doing more than my fair share to keep the numbers up.

    • Blazer

       /  May 4, 2018

      at least you’ve got a keeper now…that thinks it’s a privelege to prepare a meal…for you.Not too many flathead,mute,buxom blonds around…these days.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 4, 2018

        Gratuitously obnoxious as usual, B. Suggest you go search out a life for yourself somewhere.

        • Blazer

           /  May 4, 2018

          might join the ..Values Party.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  May 4, 2018

            You would probably get beaten up by the feminists. Can’t see you surviving that.

            • Blazer

               /  May 4, 2018

              you are amusing Al…seeing as your m.o is a non stop barrage of insulting people…loony left,idiots…etc.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 4, 2018

              No, my deserving targets are carefully selected, never gratuitous and subject to single accurate shots, not a barrage. It will take you a while even to find an example.

            • Griff

               /  May 4, 2018

              All fine Alan
              But having been the target of your attacks.
              You keep forgetting to load some ammo along with the charge.
              Shooting blanks just doesn’t cut it.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 4, 2018

              Depends on the target, Griff. Sometimes they only need a warning shot. In your case it was often aimed at your style and assumptions rather than content. I usually don’t have any interest in following you down your labyrinth of rabbit holes.

            • Gezza

               /  May 4, 2018

              At least you guys never got *the elbow* 😠

            • Griff

               /  May 4, 2018

              Keep telling yourself that.
              Of course I find it incredibly amusing how you can live in an alt universe in disagreement with the worlds scientific establishment , insurance industry, and governments yet think you are not a long way down a rabbit hole.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  May 4, 2018

    Are there financial incentives to not being married do you think?

    Could a desire to maintain individuality and independence play a role?

    • Gezza

       /  May 4, 2018

      That is a common argument, yes.