NZ Herald May 5, 2010
Married couples divorced last year at the lowest rate in 29 years, according to official statistics released today. The Family Court granted 8700 marriage dissolution orders in 2009, a rate of 10.2 per 1000 existing marriages – just over one in 100 couples – said Statistics New Zealand. The number of couples divorced was the lowest since 1989, and the divorce rate the lowest since 1980, it said. However, the agency found that about one-third of couples who were married 25 years ago, in 1984, had divorced before their silver (25th) wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, the marriage rate continued its slow downward trend, now less than one-third of what it was in 1971.