European Countries that Legalized Divorce in Recent Decades


European Countries -- Recently Legalized Divorce

Some European countries have legalized divorce in the past 2 or 3 decades.  The divorce rates in these countries are still very low.  Italy legalized divorce in 1970, Spain legalized divorce in 1981, Ireland legalized divorce in 1995 and Malta legalized divorce in 2011.  Only Spain has seen a dramatically large change in their divorce rate.  Ireland has seen little change.  Italy’s divorce rate has doubled.  Malta has the lowest beginning rate of divorce.

The original source of this data can be found at Eurostat– Marriage & Divorce Statistics.

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US Divorce Rates Compared to Western Countries


Although the divorce rate has been declining in the United States, it is still higher than many of the other Western countries.

See original source at the U.S. Census Bureau.

World Divorce Rates 2011….,

World Divorce Rates 2012

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