Reasons for separation in Italy 2017

The decision of ending a marriage is not always easy, but almost 82 percent of Italians believed that sometimes it was necessary. When asked about the reason for getting separated or divorced, the majority of Italians indicated betrayal or infidelity causing their decision. The second most common motive, pointed by about 17.5 percent of the interviewees, was the fact that the love between the two spouses was over.

Divorces in Italy on the rise

The number of Italian couples deciding to end their marriage has increased over the last years. In 2017, the country registered roughly 15.1 divorces per every 10,000 inhabitants, about six divorces more than in 2010. The region where most spouses decided to split up was Liguria, with 21 divorces per 10,000 individuals.

The Portuguese and Luxembourgish divorce the most

With 48.7 divorces for every 100 marriages, Italy ranked right behind the European top ten countries with the highest divorce rates in 2016. The ranking was led by Portugal and Luxembourg, which in the year considered registered about 69 and 66 divorces for every 100 marriages, respectively.

Why did you get separated and/or divorced?

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Release date

October 2017



Survey time period

September 18-19, 2017

Number of respondents

800 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

separated or divorced respondents

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

Supplementary notes

This survey has been carried out using mixed CATI/CAWI methodology.

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