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MARRIAGES & DIVORCES

MARRIAGES

In 2002, 6011 marriages were performed in Vermont, 28 more than in 2001. The Vermont rate was 9.8 per 1,000 population, the lowest rate in Vermont in more than 20 years, but higher than the 2002 U.S. provisional rate of 7.8. Marriages between two out-of-state residents accounted for 34.5 percent of the marriages in Vermont (Table G-2).

There was the usual seasonal variation with more marriages occurring in summer than in any other season. August was the most popular month for marriages in 2002 (Table G-7).

Just under half (49.6 percent) of the marriages were firsts for both bride and groom (Table G-5). Sixty-one percent were first marriages for the bride and 62 percent were first marriages for the groom. Remarriages for both bride and groom accounted for 26.9 percent of marriages in Vermont.

The percentage of civil ceremonies increased to 60.9 percent in 2002 (Table G-8). This percent has increased every year since 1990 when it was 47.2 percent.


DIVORCES

There were 2,653 divorces granted in 2002, an increase of 16 from 2001. This represents a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 residents, slightly higher than the 2002 U.S. provisional rate of 4.0.

The median length of marriages ending in divorce was 9 years 5 months, with a range of 1 month to 52 years 3 months. Almost fifty-eight percent of divorces followed a separation of a year or longer (Table H-3). The median age at the time of divorce was 38 for women with a range of 19 to 81 years. The median age at the time of divorce was 41 for men with a range of 19 to 82 years.

In 2002, 50.7 percent of divorces involved at least one child under the age of 18 (Table H-5), and a total of 2,428 children (Table H-7) were involved in a divorce. This represents an estimated 1.6 percent of all children residing in Vermont.