Divorces, divortiality

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.

Divorces

  2018 2019 2020
Total 16 542 16 885 16 210
Nationality before marriage
   Swiss male and Swiss female 6 941

7 143

6 677
   Swiss male and foreign female 2 825

2 855

3 084
   Foreign male and Swiss female 2 906

2 958

2 716
   Foreign male and foreign female 3 870

3 929

3 733
Length of marriage
   0-4 years 1 973

1 973

1 823
   5-9 years 4 003

3 924

3 645
   10-14 years 3 154

3 291

3 171
   15 years and more 7 412

7 697

7 571
Number of minor children of divorced couples 12 212 12 809 12 678
Source: 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.

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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
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