Jamaican divorces on the rise as marriages fail

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday, May 28, 2012 – According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), 1,960 divorces absolute were granted by the Supreme Court for 2011.

More than a half (53 per cent) of divorces granted were to persons who had been married for between five and 14 years, stated the information in the most recent edition of the Demographic Statistics.

The data indicates that 78 per cent of the persons who got divorced were married for fewer than 20 years.

Previous reports published by STATIN show that 1,853 marriages ended in divorce in 2009.

And while the divorce rate continues to rise, the marriage rate is not keeping pace.

According to the STATIN data, 20,403 persons were married last year.

“This was 1,009 or about five per cent fewer marriages less than the 21,412 registered for 2009,” the document noted.

The parishes with the highest number of marriages in 2011 were St James (3,579), St Ann (3,442), Westmoreland (2,981), Kingston and St Andrew (2,499) and St Catherine (2,416). Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)