07/29/2014 17:45 | By TODAY via Channelnewsasia.com

More marriages fall apart, fewer marriages in 2013

A total of 26,254 marriages were registered last year, a 6% dip from 2012. Meanwhile, there was a 4% hike in marital dissolutions.

More marriages fall apart, fewer marriages in 2013

File photo of a couple posing for a photographer at the Registry of Marriages office in Singapore. (AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

SINGAPORE: The number of marital dissolutions in 2013 rose, while the figure for marriages dropped, according to the Statistics on Marriages and Divorces 2013 report, compiled by the Singapore Department of Statistics (SingStat).

A total of 26,254 marriages - including both civil and Muslim marriages - were registered in 2013, which was 6 per cent lower than the 27,936 marriages registered in 2012. In contrast, the total of number marital dissolutions, comprising divorces and annulments, rose 4 per cent from 7,237 in 2012 to 7,525 in 2013.

The decline in marriages registered was due to fewer civil marriages (down from 23,134 in 2012 to 21,180 in 2013) despite a rise in Muslim marriages (up from 4,802 in 2012 to 5,074 in 2013). This was the first time the number of marriages fell after rising in the previous two years.

The marriage rate for men, specifically, fell from 43.8 marriages per 1,000 unmarried male residents aged 15-49 years in 2012 to 40.5 in 2013. Similarly for women, the marriage rate fell from 39.4 to 36.9 marriages per thousand unmarried female residents aged 15-49 years during the same period.

While the crude rate of divorce remained unchanged at 1.9 divorces per thousand residents in 2013 and 2012, the general divorce rate in 2013 for married male and female residents aged 20 years and over rose.

Compared to a year ago, the divorce rates among married males increased from 7.1 per 1,000 married male residents to 7.3 in 2013. Similarly, the divorce rates among married females increased from 6.7 in 2012 to 6.9 in 2013.

The Singapore Department of Statistics initiated the collection of divorce statistics in 1981 and of educational qualification of marriage partners in 1984. The Statistics on Marriages and Divorces 2013 was the 30th in a regular series of publications and was presented in two parts.



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