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MARRIAGES & DIVORCES

MARRIAGES

In 1999, 6,056 marriages were performed in Vermont, 122 more than in 1998. The VT rate was 10.2 per 1,000 population, higher than the provisional 1999 U.S. rate of 8.6. Marriages between two out-of-state residents accounted for almost 32 percent of the marriages in Vermont.

There was the usual seasonal variation with more marriages occurring in summer than in any other season. July was the most popular month for marriages in 1999.

Less than half (48 percent) of the marriages were firsts for both bride and groom. Sixty percent were first marriages for the bride and 61 percent were first marriages for the groom. Remarriages for both bride and groom accounted for 26.5 percent of marriages in Vermont.

The percentage of civil ceremonies increased to 56.4 percent in 1999. This percentage has increased every year since 1990 when it was 47.2 percent.

DIVORCES

There were 2,652 divorces granted in 1999, an increase of 60 from 1998. This represents a rate of 4.5 per 1,000 residents, higher than the provisional U.S. rate of 4.1.

The median length of marriages ending in divorce was 8 years 11 months, with a range of 5 months to 51 years 11 months. Fifty-nine 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 19 to 88 years. The median age at the time of divorce was 39 for men with a range of 18 to 77 years.

In 1999, 49.5 percent of divorces involved at least one child under the age of 18, and a total of 2,317 children were involved in a divorce. This represents 1.7 percent of all children residing in Vermont.

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