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Is Everyone Getting Divorced: Or Are They?

Have you ever head the expression ” 50% of marriages end in divorce”? or “Divorce is on the rise”? Everyone hears these phrases and statistics, but how true are they? Is Australia really heading down the divorce road or is it all made up? Join us today to see if everybody is getting divorced as everyone says or not. Let us delve into the world of divorce.

Is Everyone Getting Divorced?!

The whole reason why this blog was created was due to many clients who were visiting us and their friend were saying that ‘they heard’ that a lot of people are getting divorced. While it does happen, I wanted to have a look at actual data and see this for myself. I wanted to see if there was any truth to the saying, where this saying came from and what are the actual divorce statistics for Australia.

The simple fact is that this saying is just not true. In fact ever since the Family Law Act 1975 its the lowest it has ever been. So if divorce is at an all-time low, then how did this saying come about? It all started with the Family Law Act of 1975, which is also known as a no-fault divorce.

How People Got Divorced Beforehand

Before the no-fault divorce law, ‘Matrimonial Causes Act 1959‘ was what Australia went by with regards to marriage legislation. It was a lot harder to get divorced before 1975. Back then, there were specifically only 14 grounds to get a divorce. These included adultery, imprisonment, desertion, habitual drunkenness, cruelty and insanity. Back then it was either very expensive or tough to prove some of these things (or a combination of both).

Everybody Is Getting Divorced: Australian Divorce Rates 1947 - 1992
Australian Divorce Rates 1947 – 1992

What People Resorted To

Another solution for couples before the 1975 act was to lie to obtain a divorce. Imagine back in 1975, where couples who were married felt that their relationship was not working. No one necessarily did anything wrong because the law stated that one of the two had to be guilty to qualify for a divorce.

A person would have to say they cheated or that they were drunk and caused family harm even if they did not. Nobody would like to go on record for something they did not do. However, this had to happen for a divorce to go ahead. This is why divorce the divorce statistics were very low prior to 1975. These days you can go to the Births Deaths & Marriages office and get a no-fault divorce. While divorces can still be quite expensive, it was not as difficult or required someone to lie about it. Take a look at the graph from the ABS regarding the 1975 Family Act and its relation to divorce. From 1947 to 1992. As you can see, there was a sharp spike in 1975.

This is due to people that were trapped in marriages that they could finally be free from. The only time you could say “Everybody Is Getting Divorced” is during 1975. This was when people were getting divorced by the masses compared to any other year. The only reason why divorce rates were so low before this was because of how hard it was to obtain.

Stats From ABS

The fact is that divorces are in decline. I went ahead and took data from the Australian Bureau Of Statistics. With their latest figures (2014 being the most recent complete year to date of this article). I took data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, ranging from 1994 to 2014. As you can see that the divorce rates have improved over the past 20 years. In fact, there were only 46,498 divorces in 2014, which is the lowest it has ever been since 1975.


To sum everything up, the divorce rate is definitely decreasing over time and while it still happens it is nowhere as massive as people are saying. In fact, the only statistic for your relationship you need to focus on is your own as your relationship is not other people relationships. The next time someone says “Everybody Is Getting Divorced” or that “50% of marriages end in divorce”, you can politely correct them. So put your fears to rest and contact Pink Caviar Events today or finally organise your wedding and tell your friends to check out this blog if needed.

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