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MARRIAGES & DIVORCES

MARRIAGES

In 1998, 5,934 marriages were performed in Vermont, 34 less than in 1997. The 1998 rate of 10.0 marriages per 1,000 population is higher than the preliminary 1998 U.S. rate of 8.4. Marriages between two out-of-state residents accounted for 32 percent of the marriages in Vermont.

There was the usual seasonal variation with more marriages occurring in summer than in any other season. August was again the most popular month for marriages in 1998.

Just over 50 percent of the marriages were firsts for both bride and groom. Sixty-two percent were first marriages for the bride and 63 percent were first marriages for the groom. Remarriages for both bride and groom accounted for 24.4 percent of marriages in Vermont.

The percentage of civil ceremonies increased to 56.1 percent in 1998. This percentage has increased every year since 1990 when it was 47.2 percent.

DIVORCES

There were 2,592 divorces granted in 1998, a decrease of 81 from 1997. This represents a rate of 4.4 per 1,000 residents, higher than the preliminary 1998 U.S. rate of 3.5.

The median length of marriages ending in divorce was 9 years, with a range of six months to 48 years 3 months. Fifty-seven percent of divorces followed a separation of a year or longer. The median age at the time of divorce was 37 for women with a range of 18 to 80 years. The median age at the time of divorce was 39 for men with a range of 19 to 84 years.

In 1998, 52.3 percent of divorces involved at least one child under the age of 18, and a total of 2,464 children were involved in a divorce. This represents 1.7 percent of all children residing in Vermont.

 

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