Even marriage and divorce have been hit in slump
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.
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.