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Statistics on annulments, separations and divorces. Year 2021

In 2021, there were 86,851 divorces, 12.5% more than the previous year. Shared custody of children was granted in 43.1% of the divorce and separation cases.

Annulments, separations and divorces - Year 2021
Indicator Note Value Annual change
Dissolution process total 90,582 13.2
Divorces 86,851 12.5
Average length of marriage 1 16.5 0.0
Joint custody 2 43.2 4.3
  • Value: Number of years since the date of sentencing Annual variation: difference as compared to the previous year
  • Value: Percentage of total. Annual variation: difference as compared to the previous year
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Year 2021 Published: 15/07/2022
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The Statistics on Annulments, Separations and Divorces is statistical research of an annual nature, whose objective is to ascertain the number of annulment, separation or divorce judgments passed during the reference year, and to provide additional information regarding the main socio-demographic of spouses involved, and regarding other variables of social relevance associated with the legal process.

These statistics are performed by the INE by virtue of the Agreement signed with the General Council of the Judiciary Branch (GCJB) on 14 February 1994, and subsequent addenda, dated September 1, 2006.