More divorces among couples who have married in recent years, Singapore News & Top Stories
A greater percentage of married couples are separating in recent years, especially among those who have married more recently, according to new data in a report from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).
The report, which tracked 29 cohorts of couples who married between 1987 and 2015, also found that marriages between those who married more recently separate earlier than those who married longer.
The data also seems to support the idea of ââthe proverbial seven-year itch, with the highest proportion of couples ending their marriage between the fifth and tenth year.
In 2015, MSF first published data on marriage dissolution – which refers to divorces or annulments – of resident couples by marriage cohort from 1987 to 2012.
He tracked the percentage of Singaporeans and permanent residents whose marriages have ended, to “better understand the stability of the marriage.”
In the latest report, he released data for those who married up to 2015, which showed a higher percentage of recent marriages end, compared to those who married much earlier.
For example, among those who married in 2006, 16% separated before their 10th wedding anniversary – nearly double the 8.7% of the 1987 marriage cohort, which corresponds to those who married in 1987.
Of the 1987 cohort, 18.9% separated before their birthday in 2016. However, for those who married between 1991 and 2003 and who were married for less time, more than 18.9% had already separated. in 2016.
Social workers who work with divorcing couples attributed the trend to factors such as increased family stressors, less quality time as more dual-income couples focus on their careers, changing perceptions and less stigma towards divorce, and bad others.
AgnÃ¨s Chia, director of services at Care Corner Singapore, said that in the 1980s, unlike today, people were perhaps more afraid of divorce, with many worried about life after divorce and the financial burden. .
National University of Singapore sociologist Tan Ern Ser said young couples may be less bound by tradition and the idea that marriage is a lifelong commitment. This could make them more likely to want to come out of a bad marriage, which could explain the higher divorce rates among those who got married more recently.
Associate Professor Tan added that with dual-income couples now the norm, time spent caring for the relationship after marriage often takes precedence over other pressing needs. These couples are then less well placed to resolve conflicts in key areas such as financial or care matters.
The MSF report also found that the proportion of total marriages dissolved between the fifth and 10th wedding anniversary was highest among the cohorts studied.
For example, among those who married in 2001, 6.4 percent ended their marriage within five years, compared to 9.6 percent who did so between the fifth and tenth year, and 5 , 1 percent who made it between the tenth. and 15th year.
In many cases, couples who have been married for five to ten years tend to have young children, which presents another set of challenges.
The couple will have to juggle the stress of building a career and raising a family, said Arthur Ling, deputy executive director of community services at Fei Yue.
When asked if the data helps prove the idea of ââthe seven-year itch, Ms Chia said the duration coincided with a period of more stressors.
She said: “We need to strengthen the stages of adulthood, mating and parenting. Otherwise, if we allow different stressors to come in and make the situation worse, the risk of marriages ending. by parting is higher. “