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Divorce on the rise

Separations rising faster

07 July, 17:10
Divorce on the rise (ANSA) - Rome, July 7 - Divorces and separations are creeping up in Italy, according to new statistics released Thursday.

The national statistics agency Istat reported that 54,456 couples filed for divorce while 85,945 others separated in 2009, increasing by 0.2% and 2.1% respectively from the previous year.

Yet the increase rate slowed down from 2008 when 7.3% more couples had filed for divorce and 3.4% more separated than in 2007.

The trend, Istat underlined in its report, is that both divorce and separation are in a state of constant increase.

In 1995, for every 1,000 marriages registered, 158 couples separated and 80 divorced.

In 2009, the numbers practically doubled: 297 separations and 181 divorces for every 1,000 marriages.

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