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. At this time almost half of newly entered marriages were expected to end by divorce. In 2018, the number of divorces was 16 304, while the divorce rate stood at 41.0%. Since 2018 divorces of people with a main residence in Austria that took palace abroad are also included in Austrian clivorce statistics. The average duration of marriage has risen since 1981 from 7.7 to 10.6 years in 2018.
16 304 divorces took place in Austria in 2018, an increase of 0.8% compared to 2017. The total divorce rate of 41.0% in 2018 was at the same level than in 2017. In Vienna, the total divorce rate was highest with 46.7%, whereas in Tyrol the figure was lowest with only 36.2%. The large majority (86.3%) of all divorces were by mutual agreement.
In total, 18 639 children were affected by parental divorce (an average of 1.14 children per divorced couple), of which 12 927 were under 18 years of age.
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