Divorce Rate in Singapore
Divorces and Annulments
Singapore observed 6,922 divorces in 2022 according to official data sources, this was down 9.8% compared to 2021. Marriage annulments also observed a decline with 185 annulments in 2022, the first time annulments fell below 200 in a calendar year since 1996. The number of civil divorces [non-Muslim] was 5,417, a reduction of 8.2% vs. 2021, whilst the number of Muslim divorces was 1,505, down 14.8% compared to 2021.
There was a total of 7,107 divorces and annulments, down 9.9% on 2021 levels. The positive note that in addition to divorces and annulments declining, there was also an increase in the number of people getting married. A total of 29,389 couples got married in 2022, up 3.7% on 2021 levels.
Median Age of Divorces
The median age of divorces increased in 2022 when compared to 2021 for both civil and Muslim divorces. For male civil divorces the median age rose to 45.3 years compared to 44.8 in 2021. The median age for females divorcing rose from 40.7 in 2021 to 41.1 in 2022.
When reviewing those divorcing under the Muslim Law Act, the median age for males was 40.6 years in 2022 vs. 40.4 in 2021. The median age for females also rose to 38 in 2022 when compared to 37.5 in 2021.
Median Duration of Marriage
The median duration of marriage prior to getting divorced increased to 11.8 years in 2022 for civil divorces compared to 11.6 years in 2021. The median duration of marriage for those divorcing under the Muslim Law Act was 8.1 years and has held at this level since 2020.