Divorce on the rise
Separations rising faster07 July, 17:10
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.