10 Jul '11, 4am

Taiwan divorce rate falling steadily: statistics

Taiwan divorce rate falling steadily: statistics

Taiwan's divorce rate has been dropping steadily since the early 2000s, with the average decreasing to 159 divorced couples each day last year, government statistics showed yesterday. A total of 58,037 couples saw their marriages end in divorces in 2010, lower than the annual average of 63,230 for the period of 2002 to 2006, and 57,443 between 2007 and 2010, according to figures released by the interior ministry. The number of divorces was 1.8 percent lower in the first half of this year compared to the figure of the same period of 2010. The daily average of divorces last year was about 11 percent lower than the daily average of 179 cases in 2003. The figures showed that the biggest divorce group last year was made of couples who had been married for five to nine years (31 percent), followed by marriages lasting less than five years at 27.7 percent. The number of divorces ...

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