2023 Divorce Statistics and Facts From Around The World

Barry Elad

Updated · May 21, 2024

2023 Divorce Statistics and Facts From Around The World


Divorce statistics: When it comes to relationships two people with different mindsets come together. There are many common reasons why divorce happens. And in today’s world divorce has become common in many countries.

The main reason above all is denying the change in the atmosphere and responsibilities as shown by Divorce Statistics. The mentality towards men and women also plays a vital role.

What Is Divorce?

Divorce occurs in legal marriages. In legal words, it is breaking or ending the marriage followed by a procedure with consent from both parties. Divorce is the very last step taken when things go out of hand and having a spouse is an irritating feeling.

And whilst divorce may be the right option for conserving a positive or civil relationship between two parties even with the dissolution of their marital relationship, it’s still important to ensure that your divorce proceedings are fair on both parties. This means effectively protecting your own assets without taking advantage of your divorce proceedings for monetary gain.

These divorce statistics show that people are still running behind in divorces rather than keeping all things together. Even though multicultural countries have more people who support divorce, nowadays the number of non-divorce supporters is also rising.

Key Divorce Statistics (Editor’s Choice)

  • As of 2023, in the case of 1st marriage, the rate of divorce is hovering around 50%.
  • Whereas, the divorce rate in 2nd and 3rd marriage is 67% and 73% respectively for both males and females.
  • The highest rate of reasons is for the lack of commitment which has resulted in 75% of divorce cases around the world.
  • In the United States and Canada, approximately 42% to 53% of marriages turned into divorce in 2023.
  • Alcoholism is also a part of the end in marriages which is followed by abuse at a percentage of 34.6%.
  • Along with the Philippines Vatican City also doesn’t support divorce
  • India has the lowest rate of divorces in the world
  • Apart from Japan, Argentina, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Norway, and Slovenia follow easy procedures.
  • Luxembourg has accounted for the highest rate of divorces in the world.
  • While in Japan the divorce rate has resulted in 1.2% in 2023.
  • Occupation of maids also has a surprising rate of divorce resulting in 26.3%
  • Divorce lawyers are required to complete a total of 7 years of education after high school.
  • Remarriages are highly prone to another divorce.
  • The rate of divorce increases seasonally in the United States of America.
  • The highest education level for women decreases divorce rates.

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Countries with the Highest and Lowest Divorce Rate

  • Across the world in 2023, the country with the highest divorce rate is Maldives with a 5.5 divorce rate per 1000 people.
  • Other countries with divorce rates per 100 people are followed by Guam (4.3), Russia (3.9), Moldova (3.8), Belarus (3.7), China (3.2), Aruba (2.9), Georgia (2.9), Ukraine (2.9), and Costa Rica (2.8).
  • On the other hand, the lowest divorce rates are followed by Vietnam (0.2), Sri Lanka (0.2), Peru (0.2), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (0.4), Malta (0.5), South Africa (0.6), Ireland (0.6), Guatemala (0.6), Venezuela (0.7), and Uruguay (0.7) per 1000 people.

Top Reasons For Divorce

(Source: It's Over Easy)

Be it any country, there are some top common reasons for divorce. In countries where more importance is given to culture, the rate of divorce is lower than in other countries. Following are some top reasons for divorce.

  • Some people take responsibilities too young and get married too young
  • Recurring financial problems and debt issues
  • Domestic violence is mainly from parents-in-law faced by their daughters-in-law.
  • Miscommunication problems
  • No communication at all
  • The extreme level of alcohol addiction
  • Difference between likes and dislikes of each partner
  • Extramarital affairs are conducted due to a lack of romantic intimacy or love or just lust by men.
  • A single-handed marriage handled from the wife’s side
  • Daily conflicts occur due to small reasons
  • No responsibility taken for children
  • Sexual abuse by the husband even in marriages without consent

General Divorce Statistics

Pandemic and Divorce

(Source: Bowling Green State University)

As we all know, the pandemic 2020 made everyone in this world lock themselves inside their houses. This caused a rise in the rate of daily conflicts. This was the main reason for to rise of divorce during the pandemic. Moreover, when it comes to house responsibilities men generally do not help in households. There is the mentality of ordering food for their wife irrespective of her load of housework made raised the rate of divorce.
 (Source: Advokatsmart)

  • In the year 2021, Japan recorded 538 divorces per 1000 people. Which was the highest number in other countries.
  • Whereas the United Kingdom and France recorded 510 and 369 respectively.
  • Surprisingly, the United States of America and Canada also counted 342 and 294 divorces per 1000 people.
  • Additionally following numbers 215, 202, and 175 stand for Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Italy respectively.
  • The top 10 list for the highest number of divorces ends with Spain and the Philippines accounting for 172 and 141 each. These numbers were recorded during the pandemic situation.

(Source: World Population Review)

On the other hand, in the year 2020 when the pandemic began the numbers were different for each country. As the Maldives topped the list with 5.52% of divorce cases per 1000 people.

  • Kazakhstan suffered from 4.6% of divorce cases followed by Russia, Belarus, and Belgium with 3.9 and 3.7 exactly the same for the last two countries.
  • Moldova and China also recorded cases with 3.3 and 3.2 percentile respectively.
  • Cuba and Ukraine had 2.9% and 2.88 percent each
  • On the other hand, Denmark, Lithuania, the United States of America, and Latvia had a tie at 2.7%

(Source: It's Over Easy)

Considering the age groups and divorce, the reasons for the same differs as the mentality for each age group is different. People at a young age think of responsibilities and the older married group gives more importance to attention and love. Following divorce statistics the rates are from various perspectives.

  • As of 2023, Domestic violence is resulted up to 23.5%
  • Whereas, denying the responsibilities of taking care of the spouse due to health problems is 18.2%
  • Financial issues and reoccurring debt is around 36.1%
  • The highest rate of reasons is for lack of commitment which has resulted in 75% of divorce cases around the world.
  • Alcoholism is also a part of the end in marriages which is followed by abuse at a percentage of 34.6%.
  • When two people are married to each other but belong to different casts that difference can also be a reason for divorces up to 13.3%

Laws Of Divorce From Around The World

(Source: Goldberg Jones)

  • Filling and getting a divorce is not allowed in the Philippines
  • Along with the Philippines Vatican City also doesn’t support divorce
  • Luxembourg has accounted for the highest rate of divorces in the world.
  • For finalizing the divorce Japan has only a 100-day rule. The result of the case is declared in 100 days.
  • India has the lowest rate of divorces in the world
  • In 2023, India has the lowest rate of divorces in the world with 1.1 per 1000 people.
  • Japan has the easiest procedure for filing the divorce
  • Chile is the last country to make divorce a legal process
  • Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Pakistan, and Algeria have the most complicated procedure for filling divorce
  • Apart from Japan, Argentina, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Norway, and Slovenia follow easy procedures.
  • Apart from India, Sri Lanka also has a lower divorce rate. It is 0.15 per 1,000 people.

Divorce Rates in the US by Occupation

  • In the year 2023, in the United States, the highest divorce rate statistics by occupation is Gaming Manager at 52.9%.
  • Other occupation statistics are followed by Bartenders (52.7%), Flight Attendants (50.5%), Gaming Service workers (50.3%), Rolling machine setters (50.1%), Switchboard operators (49.7%), Extruding and drawing machine setters (49.6%), Telemarketers (49.2%), Textile machine operators (48.9%), and Compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders (48.8%).
  • Whereas, the lowest divorce rate statistics by occupation are followed by Actuaries (17%), Physical scientists (18.9%), Medical scientists (19.6%), Clergy (19.8%), Software developers (20.3%), Physical therapists (20.7%), Optometrists (20.8%), Chemical engineers (21.1%), Religious and education directors (21.3%), and Physicians and surgeons (21.8%).

Common reasons for divorce

  • Lack of commitment is the biggest reason for divorce stated by 75% of employees in 2023.
  • 60% of married couples claimed that unfaithfulness is another serious cause for divorce.
  • Other reasons for divorce stated by couples percentage are following marriage took place without having less information about partners (72%)excess conflicts (58%), younger age of marriage (45%), Financial problems (38%), substance abuse (35%), domestic violence (24%), lack of support from family (18%), health problems (17%), no or less premarital education (13%), and religious difference (13%).

Facts From Around The World

(Source: Advokatsmart)

  • In the years 2019 to 2020, Argentina faced a positive reduction in the cases of divorce from 1093 to 43 per 100,000 people. This was recorded as the largest reduction.
  • In the year 2023, 22% of couples believed that a smooth divorce was important without any disputes.
  • In the year 2023, Maldives was recorded with the highest number of divorce rate cases resulting in 5.52.
  • On the other hand, around the world lowest rate of divorce was observed in Vietnam with 0.2 divorce cases per 1000 people in 2023.
  • 30% of the adults in the United States of America do not believe in divorce
  • Considering the age group of 18 to 24 accounting for 33%, they are very likely to support divorce
  • Records show that 12% of men are unsupportive of divorced women
  • Unfortunately, 52% of the population supports divorce in the United States of America
  • Divorce is a long-term thing, 1 out of 10 people in the United States of America do not believe in the marriage system.
  • 15% of the men say that they do not believe in marriages
  • 12% of the population believe in divorce without any reason
  • 10% of the women are on the opposite side of the marriages
  • 6% of the women also believe in divorce with no reason
  • 24% of the women also feel divorce is not the option to end marriages
  • On the contrary, people aged 65 and plus result in 11% of divorces with reasons
  • People from the age group of 25-34, counting to 1 out of 5 people, said they don’t believe in marriage
  • People above the years of 65, 1 out of 20 people said they rarely believe in the marriage system

(Source: Gillespie Shields)

  • Divorce lawyers are required to complete a total of 7 years of education after high school.
  • New York has the most divorce lawyers specialized in all cases.
  • It has been observed that, if a husband has a good relationship with his wife’s parental side, then the divorce rate is reduced to 20%
  • The reasons for filing the divorce also include social media networks such as Facebook.
  • In countries where lengthy procedures are followed for divorce in such cases, people prefer to stay married.
  • Giving birth to triplets or twins increases the rate of divorce by 17%
  • If a spouse has a smoking habit, the marriage will have a 75% reason to divorce
  • The children of parents who are divorced are more into dropping out of high school at an early stage
  • Couples who have financial issues and debate on the subject once a week are 30% more likely to go for a divorce
  • If a daughter is born, then divorce is accounted for 5%
  • One of the spouses neglects health and has gained weight, this causes 20% of the divorce cases
  • If women have been diagnosed with breast cancer, then the rate of divorce is 8%
  • If men have testicular cancer, the rate of divorce accounts for 20%
  • 35% of the couples who have become parents and now living together, were at the time married
  • Cohabiting can reduce the divorce rate
  • 20% of divorces happen within 5 years of marriages
  • Moreover, education can also hamper the marriage system
  • It has been observed that, if one of the friends is filing the divorce then other couple friends will also go for separation resulting in 75%
  • Over the last 30 years, the rate of filling divorce has increased in people aged 65 years and above
  • Studies show that people prefer to get married between the ages of 28 to 32, which is also a better age to get married
  • Those people who marry at an extremely young age are more likely to file for divorce after 10 years counted up to 48%
  • The highest risk of divorce is involved in remarriage.
  • Muslim communities are less likely to get divorced.
  • Couples who get jealous of each other’s progress tend to get divorced in the early years of marriage.
  • Women may face heart-related issues after divorce cases
  • If marriage is done on a luxury basis, then couples are less likely to get separated.
  • The low level of an age gap between couples reduces the divorce rates
  • Women who had more sexual partners before marriage are less likely to get divorced after a marriage
  • Husbands who are working part-time, or not working at all may increase the rate of filling the divorce
  • Married couples who watch adult educational films together have an increased rate of filing for divorce due to increased sexual expectations
  • According to the reports, couples are likely to file for divorce in the months of March and August.
  • More than 50% of the people in the United States of America support divorce over being unhappy in the marriage
  • Women who grew up without fathers are more likely to experience difficulties in handling their own relationships.
  • Apart from August and March, January is also mentioned as the month of divorce.
  • People who have experienced a divorce wait for at least 3 years to get married again
  • Women have a maximum rate of for filing divorce accounting for 66%
  • Reports state that, per 13 seconds, one divorce is filed in the United States of America
  • Divorces with the rate of 60% are also filled in second marriages

Industry Statistics by Divorce Rate

  • Whereas, the highest divorce rate stats by industry is Office and administrative support (41%).
  • Others are followed by Transportation (41%), Protective services (40%), Personal care and service (40%), Installation, maintenance, and repair workers (39%), Health care support (39%), Production (39%), Sales (38%), Building and grounds cleaning (38%), and Food preparation and serving (37%).
  • In 2023, the lowest divorce rate experienced by industry in Architecture and Engineering was 27.5%.
  • Furthermore, others are followed by Community and social services (32.5%), Computers and mathematics (27.6%), Education and library (30.1%), Farming, fishing, and forestry (33.0%), Finance (33.9%), Health care (31.6%), Legal (35.0%), Life, physical, social sciences (28.5%), and Military (28.3%).


The mentality of the people is so weird that they think the solution to every marriage problem is divorce. But on the other hand, it is natural to have different mindsets with different people. This is very it is important to maintain maturity, flexibility, and transparency. Apart from the husband and wife’s duty, there are also other responsibilities such as being a mother, a father, a daughter/daughter-in-law, a son/ a son-in-law, and a friend. It is not necessary to stick to being husband and wife. But people can take some time and enjoy other things which are generally accepted after being married. The husband or husband’s family forcing the wife to take care of the child is not acceptable at all. Responsibilities should be taken on a 50-50 basis. Understanding each other’s feelings can also reduce the rate of divorce.

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  • Barry Elad
    Barry Elad

    Barry is a lover of everything technology. Figuring out how the software works and creating content to shed more light on the value it offers users is his favorite pastime. When not evaluating apps or programs, he's busy trying out new healthy recipes, doing yoga, meditating, or taking nature walks with his little one.

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