While a majority of couples around the world face rising divorce statistics, Singapore is showing a slightly different trend. The divorce rate has actually decreased in Singapore, while an increased number of couples are choosing to tie the knot and actually stay together.
In fact, the Singapore Department of Statistics reports that there has been a 0.9% increase in the number of Muslim and civil marriages in Singapore over the past year. This translates to a total of 28, 212 unions.
Meanwhile, the number of married males between the ages of 15 to 49 has increased from 44.4 in 1,000 unmarried males during 2017 to 45.7 in 1,000 during 2018. The number of females that got married in 2018 also increased from the previous years’ figures from 41.6 per 1,000 to 42.8 per 1,000 in the 15 to 49-year-old age group.
The divorce and annulment rate has also significantly decreased in the past year from 7,614 in 2017 to 7,578 in 2018. This is largely attributed to a decrease in the divorce rate between Muslim couples.
Singapore’s general divorce rate has also declined. There were only 6.9 male divorcees in 2018 out of 1,000 married males, when compared to 7.1 divorced per 1,000 married males in 2017. Likewise, the rate of divorces among females decreased from 6.6 divorced females out of 1,000 married in 2017 to 6.5 per 1,000. These stats are based on the 20 and above age group.
Interestingly, the average age of divorced couples has also increased over the past decade. The average age of divorced females in 2008 was 36.1 which increased to 39.1 in 2018, while the average age of divorced males has also decreased from 39.8 in 2008 to 43.2 in 2018.
The average marriage duration has spiked up over the last decade from 9.6 years in 2008 to 10.3 years in 2018. Now, if you take a closer look at this particular stat you’ll find that a majority (30.2%) of divorces that happened in 2018 were among couples that were together for five to nine years.
The average age of first-time grooms has more or less remained the same over the past 10 years. In 2008 it was 29.8 years, in 2017 it was 30.3 years and in 2018 it was 30.0 years. The average age of first-time brides saw an increase from 27 years in 2008 up to 28.4 years in 2018.
The rate of inter-ethnic marriages in Singapore is also on the rise and has increased from 16.4% in 2008 to 22.1% in 2018.
While divorce rates in Singapore are leveling out, it’s still an issue that couples in the country are yet to fully overcome. Perhaps what’s needed is an intervention of some sort, like a Marriage Counseling Programme that’s designed specifically for couples that are going through a hard time.
What makes this approach effective is the fact that it’s based on research which has been done in consultation with qualified and experienced marriage counselors. According to their feedback, such programs have the potential to improve marriages and prevent the proliferation of issues that lead to divorce.
However, there are certain scenarios where the breakdown in a marriage is so severe that divorce is the only plausible solution. For couples that find themselves in such a situation, it’s important to seek out a good divorce lawyer as soon as possible.