In the 1980s and 1990s, the number of divorces averaged 17 000 a year. So far, the highest absolute figure (20 582) for the number of divorces has been registered in 2001; divorce figures fell again slightly in the years thereafter. By contrast, the total divorce rate rose from 26.5% in 1981 to a historic high of 49.5% in 2007.
In 2019, the number of divorces was 16 319, while the divorce rate stood at 40.7%. Since 2018 divorces of people with a main residence in Austria that took place abroad are also included in Austrian divorce statistics. Starting from 1 January 2019, data include divorces of same-sex couples (2019: four male and four female couples). The average duration of marriage has risen since 1981 from 7.7 to 10.5 years in 2019.
16 319 divorces took place in Austria in 2019, an increase of 0.1% compared to 2018. The total divorce rate of 40.7% in 2019 was slightly lower than in 2018 (41.0%). In Lower Austria, the total divorce rate was highest with 44.4%, whereas in Tyrol the figure was lowest with only 34.9%. The large majority (86.3%) of all divorces were by mutual agreement.
In total, 18 474 children were affected by parental divorce (an average of 1.13 children per divorced couple), of which 12 823 were under 18 years of age.
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