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Couples married 0-5 years most likely to get divorce

TAIPEI--Thirty percent of the couples that divorced in 2013 had been married for less than five years, according to statistics released Saturday by the Ministry of the Interior.

The statistics show that 53,599 couples divorced last year, down 4 percent from the previous year. This represents 9.9 couples out of every 1,000 that went their separate ways.

Further analysis found that 8.4 pairs out of every 1,000 local couples divorced in 2013, compared with 25.2 pairs out of every 1,000 interracial couples that got divorced.

The ministry said that those who had been married for less than five years accounted for the most divorces at 30.6 percent, followed by those who had been married between five and nine years (24.4 percent).

The number of divorces decreased with the increased number of marriage years, according to the statistics.

Looking at the divorce numbers over the past 15 years, the ministry said that between 1998 and 2001, the number of divorces averaged 50,567 couples per year.

July 21, 2014    johnny.brian@
What would be the reasons behind of high divorce rate in Taiwan? Irreconcilable differences or Financial burdens or Personal short comings/dominant figure or Pressure to have babies?
July 22, 2014    Upwell@
Nobody actually knows what makes a good and lasting marriage. But when the marriage fails, everyone can find a reason for it. Many years ago, I watched a movie. One of the actors said this - "good marriages are made in heaven". How true it is. Given the incomprehensible nature of mankind, we will never know enough to formulate on what will prolong a marriage. Let us therefore pray that for every marriage, they be divinely blessed. Superstition? Maybe so but we cannot help it when we ask for divine intervention so long as the good things of every marriage last.
July 22, 2014    curtisakbar@
Johnny,

How about the in-laws? I hear some stories about the wife being turned into a virtual slave in some households to appease the parents-in-law.
July 25, 2014    boogurtwang@
These are commonly referred to as "starter marriages" or "trial marriages."
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