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SUMMARY OF 2003 MARRIAGES & DIVORCES

MARRIAGES

In 2003, 5988 marriages were performed in Vermont, 23 less than in 2002. The 2003 Vermont rate was 9.7 per 1,000 of population, the lowest rate in Vermont in more than 20 years, but higher than the 2003 U.S. provisional rate of 7.5. Marriages between two out-of-state residents accounted for 33.9 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 (1014) was the most popular month for marriages in 2003 (Table G-7).

Just over half (51.0 percent) of the marriages were firsts for both bride and groom (Table G-5).  Of the brides, 62.4 were their first marriages, and of the grooms 62.6 percent were their first marriages.  Remarriages for both bride and groom accounted for 25.8 percent of marriages in Vermont.

The percentage of civil ceremonies increased to 61.7 percent in 2003 (Table G-8). This percent has increased every year since 1990 when it was 47.2 percent.

DIVORCES

There were 2,495 divorces granted in 2003, a decrease of 158 from 2002.  This represents a rate of 4.0 per 1,000 residents, slightly higher than the 2003 U.S. provisional rate of 3.8.

The median length of marriages ending in divorce was 9 years 11 months, with a range of 2 months to 50 years 7 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 39 for women with a range of 18 to 81 years. The median age at the time of divorce was 41 for men with a range of 19 to 90 years.

In 2003, 51.0 percent of divorces involved at least one child under the age of 18 (Table H-5), and a total of 2,278 children (Table H-7) were involved in a divorce.  This represents an estimated 1.6 percent of all children residing in Vermont.