Marriage dissolutions; due to divorce and death

Marriage dissolutions; due to divorce and death

Periods Total marriage dissolutions Total marriage dissolutions (number) Marriages dissolved due to divorce Divorces (number) Marriages dissolved due to divorce Average duration of marriage at divorce (year) Marriages dissolved due to divorce Average age of divorcing men (year) Marriages dissolved due to divorce Average age of divorcing women (year) Marriages dissolved due to death Total men and women Deceased partners (number)
1950 39,746 6,462 11.2 38.4 35.6 33,284
1960 47,272 5,672 11.1 39.1 36.0 41,600
1970 65,285 10,317 11.8 38.6 35.6 54,968
1980 81,504 25,735 11.9 37.7 35.1 55,769
1990 85,816 28,419 12.7 40.1 37.2 57,397
2000 93,603 34,650 12.9 41.9 39.0 58,953
2010 88,182 32,544 14.4 45.6 42.5 55,638
2020 95,614 28,965 14.9 47.8 44.5 66,649
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table includes the most important key figures on marriage dissolutions due to death and divorce among the registered population of the Netherlands.
Excluding dissolutions due to ending registered partnerships.

Data available from: 1950

Status of the figures:
All data recorded in this table are final data.

Changes per 7 October 2021:
Data of 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
In the last quarter of 2022 final figures of 2021 will be added in this publication.

Description topics

Total marriage dissolutions
Total marriage dissolutions due to death and divorce. Excluding dissolutions due to ending registered partnerships.

Marriage
Legal, formally sanctioned living arrangement between two people. Since 1 April 2001, it is legally possible for people in the Netherlands to marry a person of the same sex.

Registered partnership:
A marriage-like relationship between two people of the opposite or same sex, registered at the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Registered partnership was introduced in The Netherlands on 1 January 1998.
Total marriage dissolutions
Marriages dissolved due to divorce
Excluding dissolutions due to ending registered partnerships other than by death of the partner.

Divorce:
Dissolution of the marriage pronounced by a judge on the basis of legal grounds. The divorce comes into force once it has been recorded in the municipal population register. Until September 1994: divorces granted by Dutch courts and entered in the municipal registers. From October 1994: divorces in which at least one of the partners is recorded in the register of a Dutch municipality.
Divorces
Average duration of marriage at divorce
Average duration of marriage (in years) at the time the divorce is granted.

Average marriage duration:
The arithmetic mean of all marriage durations.

Marriage duration:
The duration of the marriage in years calculated as the difference between the year of observation and the year in which the marriage was contracted.
Average age of divorcing men
Average age:
The arithmetic mean of all ages of divorced men.

Age:
The number of whole years that have passed between someone's date of birth and 31 December of the year of divorce, calculated as the year of divorce minus the year of birth.
Average age of divorcing women
Average age:
The arithmetic mean of all ages of divorced women.

Age:
The number of whole years that have passed between someone's date of birth and 31 December of the year of divorce, calculated as the year of divorce minus the year of birth.
Marriages dissolved due to death
Marriage dissolutions due to death. Excluding dissolutions due to ending registered partnerships by death of the partner.

Marriage
Legal, formally sanctioned living arrangement between two people. Since 1 April 2001, it is legally possible for people in the Netherlands to marry a person of the same sex.

Registered partnership:
A marriage-like relationship between two people of the opposite or same sex, registered at the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Registered partnership was introduced in The Netherlands on 1 January 1998.
Total men and women
Deceased partners