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 2020, the number of divorces was 14 870, while the divorce rate stood at 36.9%. 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 (2020: four male and 16 female couples). The average duration of marriage has risen since 1981 from 7.7 to 10.6 years in 2020.
14 870 divorces took place in Austria in 2020, a decrease of 8.9% compared to 2019. The total divorce rate of 36.9% in 2020 was lower than in 2019 (40.7%). In Lower Austria, the total divorce rate was highest with 40.8%, whereas in Tyrol the figure was lowest with only 31.3%. The large majority (87.1%) of all divorces were by mutual agreement.
In total, 17 236 children were affected by parental divorce (an average of 1.16 children per divorced couple), of which 12 037 were under 18 years of age.
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