The number of registered marriages in 2019 saw a 5.8 per cent drop from the year before, while the number of divorces in 2019 increased as compared to 2018.
According to the Singapore Department of Statistics (SingStat), 25,434 marriages were registered in 2019, down from 27,007 in 2018.
The marriage rate among those aged 15 to 49 also saw a dip over the last decade.
There were 40.7 marriages per thousand unmarried men in 2019, down from 43.4 in 2009. According to SingStat, the General marriage rate refers to the number of marriages registered among persons aged 15-49 years during the year, out of every thousand unmarried population in the same age group.
Similarly for women, the 2019 rate was 37.9 marriages per thousand unmarried women, down from 38.9 in 2009.
Despite the declining numbers, SingStat noted that the annual average number of marriages registered in the last five years rose to 27,389 from the 26,844 between 2010 and 2014.
Getting married later
Couples were also getting married later.
The median age at first marriage for grooms and brides rose from 29.8 years to 30.4 years and from 27.5 years to 28.8 years respectively between 2009 and 2019.
While majority of the grooms in first marriages continued to be older than brides, the number of first marriages with brides who are older than grooms increased from 16 per cent in 2009 to 18.3 per cent in 2019.
The statistics also showed that the number of couples getting divorced had gone up in 2019.
A total of 7,623 marriages ended in divorce or annulment last year. This was an increase of 3.8 per cent from the 7,344 marital dissolutions in 2018.
This meant there were about three divorces for every 10 marriages in 2019.
Additionally, the annual average number of marital dissolutions 2015 and 2019 was 7,536, higher as compared to 7,402 in the preceding five-year period.
However, the general divorce rate declined for both men and women over the past decade.
There were 6.9 divorcees for every thousand married men aged 20 years and over in 2019, down from 7.5 in 2009.
For women, the rate was 6.5 divorcees for every thousand married women aged 20 years and over in 2019, down from 7.1 in 2009.
Getting divorced later
However, couples were also getting divorced later.
The median age of men in divorces rose from 40.5 years in 2009 to 43.4 years last year. For women, the age in divorces increased from from 36.9 years to 39.3 years.
It was found that couples also stayed together slightly longer.
The median duration of marriage for divorces in 2019 was 10.4 years compared to the 10.1 years in 2009.
Couples who were married for five to nine years accounted for the largest share of all divorces in 2019.
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