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CIVIL UNIONS

In 2002, 1707 civil unions were established in Vermont, down from 1875 in 2001. The highest number occurred in July (225).

Civil unions involving out-of-state residents accounted for almost 90 percent of the total number of civil unions (Table I-2), a 3 percent increase from 2001. The states with the largest number of residents who established civil unions were New York, followed by Massachusetts and Florida (Table I-1). The largest number of Vermont residents who established civil unions resided in Chittenden County (Table I-2).

Seventy-one percent of the civil unions were between female partners, up from 67 percent in 2001, and the most common age group for both male and female partners was 35 to 39 (Table I-4). Civil union partners tend to be highly educated: 55% completed at least four years of college (Table I-5).

Table I-6 shows the total number of civil unions or marriages, including the current civil union, that each person has been a party to during their lives. For 76 percent of the civil union partners, this was their first union, or marriage.

DISSOLUTIONS

The dissolution of civil unions follows the same procedures, same requirements, rights, and obligations as divorces. There were 9 dissolutions in 2002.