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MARRIAGES & DIVORCES

MARRIAGES

In 1997, 5,968 marriages were performed in Vermont, 11 more than in 1996. The 1997 rate of 10.1 marriages per 1,000 population is higher than the provisional 1997 U.S. rate of 8.9. 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 the most popular month for marriages in 1997.

Just more than half (2991) of the marriages in 1997 were first marriages 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 25.5 percent of marriages in Vermont.

The percentage of civil ceremonies increased to 55.4 percent in 1997. This percentage has increased every year since 1990 when it was 47.2 percent.

DIVORCES

There were 2,673 divorces granted in 1997, an increase of 151 from 1996. This represents a rate of 4.5 per 1,000 residents, similar to the 1997 U.S. rate of 4.3.

The median length of marriages ending in divorce was 8 years 11 months, with a range of two months to 50 years. Fifty-nine percent of divorces followed a separation of a year or longer. The median age at the time of divorce was 36 for women with a range of 19 to 86 years. The median age at the time of divorce was 39 for men with a range of 20 to 85 years.

In 1997, 53.3 percent of divorces involved at least one child under the age of 18, and a total of 2,602 children were involved in a divorce. This represents 1.8 percent of all children residing in Vermont. 

 

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