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German Divorce Trend

Based on The Secondhand Man


German Divorce Rates, 1955 - 1997

The graph was constructed from data in the following table.

Numbers of Divorces in Germany, 1955  - 1997

Year

Divorces

Minor Children affected

Notes

1955

48,000 

 

1

1956

48,000 

 

1

1957

48,000 

 

1

1958

49,667 

 

2

1959

51,391 

 

2

1960

53,176 

 

2

1961

55,022 

 

2

1962

56,933 

 

2

1963

58,910 

 

2

1964

60,956 

 

2

1965

63,072 

 

2

1966

65,263 

 

2

1967

67,529 

 

2

1968

69,874 

 

2

1969

72,300 

 

1

1970

76,316 

 

2

1971

80,555 

 

2

1972

85,029 

 

2

1973

89,752 

 

2

1974

94,738 

 

2

1975

100,000 

 

1

1976

108,258 

 

1, 3

1977

74,658 

 

1, 3, 4

1978

82,164 

 

2

1979

90,424 

 

2

1980

99,515 

 

2

1981

109,520 

 

1, 3

1982

114,479 

 

2

1983

119,662 

 

2

1984

125,081 

 

2

1985

130,744 

96,991 

1, 3

1986

134,263 

 

2, 5

1987

137,877 

 

2

1988

141,589 

 

2

1989

145,400 

 

2

1990

149,314 

 

2

1991

153,333 

 

2

1992

157,461 

 

2

1993

161,699 

 

2

1994

166,052 

135,318 

1, 3

1995

169,400 

142,300 

3

1996

175,550 

148,782 

3

1997

187,802 

163,112 

3

Notes:

  1. Quoted from The Secondhand Man, p. 31, 32
  2. Interpolated
  3. Value as per German Federal Bureau of Statistics
  4. Year of Divorce Reform, celebrated as the marriage law reform of the century
  5. Small follow-up reform, undertaken to reduce the "advantages" for women somewhat

The author of The Secondhand Man concluded her description of this data with the comments that almost 90% of the children that against their will became orphans of divorce in 1994 were in almost 90% of the cases prevented from having a life with their fathers.  She further stated that almost 70% of the divorces were filed by women who were tired of their marriages. (p. 32)

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Posted 1999 06 02
Updates:
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2002 03 05 (added link to Table of Contents)