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Marriage and divorce

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The crude marriage rate is the annual number of new marriages as a population ratio. The crude divorce rate is the annual number of marriages legally ended as a population ratio. Marriage and divorce statistics are based on administrative registers. Marriage rates disregard informal family formation as well as formation of other types of legal unions. Divorce rates miss separation of these unmeasured unions, as well as separation without divorce.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2009-05-01

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