Wednesday 22 February 2017

Even marriage and divorce have been hit in slump

Published 01/10/2013 | 17:00

Economic matters may have played a part in marriage and divorce declines
Economic matters may have played a part in marriage and divorce declines

Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage – or so the old song used to say. Not any more, it seems. Figures released by the Central Statistics Office show that there were 19,855 marriages registered in 2011 – according to figures which were issued yesterday, the lowest number in 13 years. At the other end of the scale there was also a significant downturn in divorce.

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It is possible that the economic factors have played a part in the decline of marriage and divorce, as both are expensive processes.

Another factor may be the age at which couples are saying 'I do' – 34.6 years for men and 32.5 for women. However, a change in lifestyle over the last two decades means that many couples are already cohabiting and may already have children before they decide to walk down the aisle together.

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