Increase in marriages and divorces last year

There was plenty of good and bad news when it came to love and marriage last year, as the number of marriages and divorces shot up after the first Covid-19 pandemic year of 2020 disrupted both nuptials and break-ups.

A total of 28,329 couples wed last year, a 25.1% jump from 2020, based on statistics released by the Department of Statistics (DOS) yesterday.

The DOS said the number of marriages rose with the easing of Covid-19 safe management measures.

There were 7,890 marital dissolutions last year, a 13.4% increase from 2020. Marital dissolutions refer to both divorces and annulments.

DOS attributed the increase in marital dissolutions to more divorce applications filed last year and the resumption of divorce proceedings that were previously adjourned due to the pandemic.

During the circuit breaker in 2020, which began in April and ended in June, the Family Justice Courts heard only “urgent and essential” cases, such as those that constituted a threat to life and liberty or were time sensitive, said family lawyers. — The Straits Times/ANN

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