German divorce rate climbs

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13 August 2004, WIESBADEN - Germany's divorce rate hit a record for the fourth straight year in 2003, causing one federal statistician Friday to predict at least one of every three current marriages was headed for a split. The tally last year was 214,000 divorces, a rise of 4.8 percent from 2002. The annual number of divorces has risen almost continuously since 1993, part from a dip in 1999. The Federal Statistics Office said the break-ups affected 170,260 minor children. "Out of every thousand existing ma

13 August 2004

WIESBADEN - Germany's divorce rate hit a record for the fourth straight year in 2003, causing one federal statistician Friday to predict at least one of every three current marriages was headed for a split.

The tally last year was 214,000 divorces, a rise of 4.8 percent from 2002. The annual number of divorces has risen almost continuously since 1993, part from a dip in 1999. The Federal Statistics Office said the break-ups affected 170,260 minor children.

"Out of every thousand existing marriages, 11 broke up in 2003," said statistician Dieter Emmerling. "More than a third of today's marriages, but not quite half, are set to end in divorce."

The statistics suggest the fifth year of a German marriage is the most fraught, since most filings for divorce take place in the sixth.

Last year, 92 marriages lasted only a matter of weeks, with the marriage and the divorce taking place in the same year.

DPA

Subject: German news

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