On the 25th of November 2015, The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data for Separation and Divorce for the last year (2014). They indicated that 4518 applications for divorce were granted in Western Australia. This was a significant (14.2%) decrease on the previous years figure of 5268 and the largest decline of all states and territories in Australia, with all recording decreases except one (Victoria).
The divorce statistics for Western Australia provided include the average divorce age, which for males was 45.7 years and for females it was 42.9 years of age.
2100 divorce applications were joint, while 1307 were female and the remaining 1111 were male.
The length of a marriage before Separation and Divorce
The median length of a marriage before separation in 2014 was 8.8 years, and to divorce it was 12.4 years.
Divorces involving children
The percentage number of divorces that affected children in Western Australia for 2014 was 48%.
In Australia in 2014 there were 46,498 divorces granted. This was a decrease of 1,140 (2.4%) from the 47,638 divorces granted in the previous year.
Throughout Australia in 2014, the highest proportion of divorces granted were for people aged 40-44 years (16.4% of males and 17.5% of females).
The median age of males divorcing was 45.2 years and 42.5 years for females, which continues to increase as it has for the past 20 years.
Applications for Divorce
Over the last 20 years, the proportion of applications by one applicant continued to decrease, while the proportion of joint applications for divorce has been increasing. The proportion of joint applications in 2014 remains the highest applicant type at 41.5% of all applications.
Visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics for further information on divorce in Western Australia and other states throughout Australia.