Total number of divorces in France 2004-2018

In 2018, the number of divorces in France was of 62,321. France had a divorce rate of 51.2 per 100 marriages in 2014. A number which was not one of the highest in Europe but that emphasizes the fact that in recent years, divorce is a phenomenon with a significant impact on Western countries.

The characteristics of French divorces

Despite a record number of 152,020 separations in 2005, the number of divorces in France remained stable since the mid-2000s and has also been declining by a rate of 8 percent between 2004 and 2014. Since then, the number of divorces remained almost the same in the country, even though an decrease has been seen between 2016 and 2017. In 2017, the majority of divorces in France were pronounced by mutual consent. Most of divorces pronounced in France concerned marriages which lasted between 4 years and 7 years.

Unions in France

The number of marriages in France is decreasing since 2004 reaching 235,000 in 2018, compared to 265,404 ten years before. Same-sex marriage was legalized in France since 2013, but civil partnerships are the type of unions that increased in recent years. More than 205,000 civil partnerships were contracted in 2010 in France. Implemented in 1999, civil unions in France are established between two individuals regardless of gender.

Total number of divorces in France from 2004 to 2018

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2004 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The figures have been taken from several publications.

*Until 2016, divorces were court decisions handed down by a family court judge. From 2017, following Act No. 2016-1547 of 18 November 2016 on the modernization of justice in the twenty-first century, divorce proceedings may also be registered by a notary. These are not included in the statistics presented above. The data for 2017 and 2018 are therefore not strictly comparable with the data for previous years.

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