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Population

Marriages, divorces and life partnerships

Marriages

400,000 couples married in 2015

The number of couples who married in 2015 was 400,000.

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Registrations of
life partnerships

7,401 life partnerships registered in 2015

Since 1 August 2001, same-sex partners have had the possibility of putting their relationship on a legal footing by establishing a registered life partnership. In 2015, 7,401 life partnerships were registered.

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Divorces

Number of divorces down 0.6% in 2016

In Germany, 162,397 married couples divorced in 2016, representing a decrease of just under 1,000, or 0.6%, on the previous year. In most cases, the divorce was preceded by a one-year period of separation of the partners (82.6%).

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Divorces (dissolutions of marriage)

A marriage can either end by the death of one of the partners or is dissolved by court order. Dissolutions of marriage by court order include marriages that have been annulled.

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Dissolutions of
life partnerships

1,238 registered life partnerships dissolved in 2016

In 2016, 1,238 registered same-sex partnerships were dissolved by judicial decision in Germany. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that more life partnerships of women were dissolved than of men (women: 698 cases, men: 540 cases).

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Release of marriage figures for 2016 delayed

At present, the release of marriage statistics data for the reference months from 2016 onwards is delayed by at least eight months compared with the publication date originally scheduled (figures for 1st quarter 2016 at the end of July 2016). The statistics are subject to fundamental change because a new processing technique is being introduced for these statistics as well as for all other continuous population statistics. The relevant software production is however delayed.

Additional Information

KEY FIGURES

Marriages2015400,115
Age at first marriage of men201533.8 years
Age at first marriage of women201531.2 years
Divorces2016162,397
Age at divorce of men201646.6 years
Age at divorce of women201643.6 years
Same-sex life partnerships
Registrations20157,401
Dissolutions20161,238

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