A divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage. The fact of getting divorced changes the structure of the population (change in civil status) and has an influence on fertility in Switzerland, as most births are to married couples. The number of divorces also has an impact on the likelihood of remarriage, i.e. the number of divorced people who could potentially remarry in the future.
|Total||17 028||15 906||16 240|
|Nationality before marriage|
|Swiss male and Swiss female||7 806||6 902||6 481|
|Swiss male and foreign female||2 958||2 727||2 710|
|Foreign male and Swiss female||3 004||2 835||2 802|
|Foreign male and foreign female||3 260||3 442||4 247|
|Length of marriage|
|0-4 years||2 020||1 900||...|
|5-9 years||4 183||3 917||...|
|10-14 years||3 356||3 039||...|
|15 years and more||7 469||7 050||...|
|Number of minor children of divorced couples||12 890||11 529||...|
…= The figures are not available yet
Sources: FSO, BEVNAT
The divorce rate is the ratio of divorces to the size of the population, observing the frequency and characteristics of divorces in this population. A cross-sectional study of the divorce rate provides a measure - a snapshot - of a given year (usually a calendar year), across all generations.
The cross-sectional indicators available are:
The longitudinal study observes divorces in relation to marriage cohorts, all marriages celebrated in the same calendar year, and in relation to a certain period of time (usually the length of the marriage). The longitudinal indicator available is the proportion of divorces by marriage cohort and by length of marriage.