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More marriages fall apart, fewer marriages in 2013

A total of 26,254 marriages were registered last year, a 6 per cent dip from 2012. There was also a 4 per cent hike in marital dissolutions, according to figures from the Singapore Department of Statistics.

SINGAPORE: The number of marriages fell for the first time since 2010, according to figures from the Singapore Department of Statistics released on Tuesday (July 29). 

The Statistics on Marriages and Divorces 2013 report said 26,254 were registered last year. This was six per cent lower than the 27,936 marriages registered in 2012. These figures include both civil and Muslim marriages.

The total number of marriages fell for the first time last year, reversing the upward trend which began in 2010.

But it's not just the total number of marriages that fell last year - marriage rates for both males and females are lower as well.

The marriage rate for men fell to 40.5 marriages per 1,000 unmarried males aged 15 to 49 - down from 43.8 last year. For women, the marriage rate fell from to 36.9 marriages per 1,000 unmarried females aged 15 to 49, compared with 39.4 in 2012. Apart from 2010, these figures are the lowest we've seen since 1990.

The report also said the number of marital dissolutions, comprising divorces and annulments, went up last year. It rose four per cent, from 7,237 in 2012 to 7,525 last year. The top reason cited were "unreasonable behaviour" among civil marriages and "infidelity" among Muslim breakups.

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