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Statistics: Average Czech marriage lasts 13 years

9 February 2016

Prague, Feb 8 (CTK) - The average Czech marriage lasts roughly 13 years and almost one half of marriages fall apart with differing character, views and interests as the most frequent causes of the split, accounting for about three-quarters of them, according to the data released by the Czech Statistical Office (CSU).

In all, 57 percent of the divorced marriages had underage children.

The traditional union of man and woman is promoted by the National Week of Marriage campaign that was launched on Monday and is to last until Sunday.

According to the CSU, the total divorce rate reached almost 47 percent in 2014 and 48 percent a year ago.

It was the highest in 2010 when it stood at exactly 50 percent.

The divorce rate has been growing in the Czech Republic for a long time. The limit of 40 percent was crossed for the first time in 1996.

Until the late 1980s, it was under 30 percent and in the mid-1960 only one-fifth of marriages were falling apart.

According to the data for January to September 2015, the average age at divorce was 43.9 and 41 years for men and women, respectively.

One-fifth of the divorced had at least the second divorce.

Married couples stay together on average for 13 years.

Most frequently, they fall apart after six years. Divorces are more frequently proposed by women than men. In three out of ten cases, the partners reach an agreement and turn to court together.

Differing characters, views and interests are the most frequent reasons of the split. It is followed by adultery. Some 200 couples fell apart over alcoholism, violence and disinterest in the family.

A minor role is played by an ill-considered marriage and sexual disagreement.

In all, the parents' divorce affected 17,200 underage children in 2015, down from 23,100 a year ago.

In 2014, a total of 26,764 marriages were divorced and in 2006, it was 31,415.

According to Eurostat, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark and Finland have more divorces per 1,000 population than the Czech Republic in the EU. The least figures are in Malta, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia.

The campaign in support of traditional family unions is being held for the tenth time in the Czech Republic.

The National Week of Marriage will offer lectures, courses and various events at over 60 places across the Czech Republic.

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