MIL OSI – Source: Destatis Statistisches Bundesamt – In English –
Headline: Divorces: the itch does not always come in the seventh year
Divorces: the itch does not always come in the seventh year
If we examine the number of divorces in relation to the duration of marriage, the development since 2008 consistently shows that most divorces occur after six years of marriage. In 2016, the number of divorces after six years of marriage was a good 8,600, corresponding to 5.3% of all divorces in that year. As, however, a divorce is generally preceded by at least one year of separation, we cannot – in statistical terms – speak of a seven-year itch.
Many marriages with a much longer duration do not last forever, either. In the last 25 years, the number of divorces occurring after 26 or more years of marriage has doubled from 12,500 (1991) to 25,300. Although this was still as little as 15.6% of all divorces in 2016, this long-term trend is more evident than the frequent divorces after six years of marriage. Developments in the society, such as women’s increasing financial independence, probably contribute to this result.