The latest global Divorce statistics, facts & figures of 2022, including which countries have the highest divorce rates, the US's attitudes towards divorce & more.
Divorce is a difficult subject for everyone, and has been a point of contention for centuries across the globe. While divorce is now legal in all but two out of 195 countries, opinions on both divorces and divorcees remain mixed regardless of country or religion.
To find out more about opinions on divorce, we asked 2,001 adults in the United States how they feel about divorce and when they think it’s acceptable to get divorced. We also researched global divorce laws to find out just how difficult it is to get a divorce in each country.
Looking to skim through the survey real quick? Here are the main points:
We used Google Surveys to ask 2,001 respondents across the US about their opinions about divorce in 2022. We collected data from the US as this tends to provide a good focal point for global comparisons. Our survey asked the following question:
Query: Which of the following statements do you most agree with? (Select only one)
So how do US adults feel about divorce? Our data found that:
Historically, divorce has always affected men and women in different ways. This gap has steadily decreased over time, but does gender still affect opinions on divorce? To find out, we asked for the gender of our survey respondents.
Life experiences change with age, and so do people’s thoughts on the bigger decisions such as marriage and divorce. How much does age really affect opinions on divorce? In order to answer this question, we categorised respondents into age groups from 18-24 up to 65+.
To find out which countries have the most interest in divorce, we used Keyword Finder to find the number of searches for the word ‘divorce’ per country. In order to ensure the accuracy of our results, we translated ‘divorce’ into the main language spoken in each country. Wherever there were mixed results between languages, we opted for the language with the highest volume of searches. All of our search data shows searches per 100,000 people per year.
The pandemic had us all holed up at home with our partners. In some cases this has been a good thing, but it hasn’t always meant the best for our relationships. In order to find out how the pandemic has affected people’s interest in getting a divorce, we analysed global search data to see how search volumes for the term ‘divorce’ have changed in the last four years.
It’s never easy to go through the process of divorce, especially when children and property are involved in the decision. Different countries choose to handle divorce in many different ways, but almost all countries require a process that can take both money and time to complete. With that said, which countries can be said to have the easiest and simplest divorce processes?
To answer such a general question, we decided to assess several different factors at once. We collected data such as divorce rights per gender, whether or not a reason is required for divorce, and the period of separation required in order for a divorce to be granted. We used these factors to determine whether a country has a more or less difficult divorce procedure.
We found that the six countries with the simplest divorce procedures are:
The countries with the most complex divorce procedures are:
There are only two countries worldwide where divorce is completely illegal: The Philippines and Vatican City. Both of these countries have a Roman Catholic majority. Historically, Roman Catholicism has always been strictly opposed to divorce, and does not acknowledge any divorce procedure other than annulment.
To find out which countries have the highest divorce rates around the world, we used both United Nations data and World Population Review to find the number of divorces per 1,000 people per year in each country. Because not all countries have released up-to-date divorce statistics, we used the most recent information available regardless of the year it was released. In countries where no data was available, we left the information blank.
Still looking for more? Here are some additional facts about marriage and divorce across the world:
We hope that our data has helped you gain some insight into divorce statistics over the course of the pandemic. If you’re interested in more information about divorce and family law, check out our wide selection of related articles via our website Advokatsmart.
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