Nation sees a lower divorce rate in 2014; foreign couple divorce rate up
Taiwan saw a total of 53,144 divorces in 2014, down 0.8 percent from the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior.
On average, 145.6 couples got divorced every day last year, 1.25 less per day than the previous year, statistics showed.
Last year’s numbers also indicated a trend toward high divorce rates among couples who had been married for less than five years. Such short marriages accounted for 31.28 percent of the total divorces in 2014, the ministry said.
It was also found that in 2014, there were more divorces among couples married for more than a decade. The divorce rate among that group was 46.29 percent in 2014, compared with 39.99 percent in 2004, the ministry said.
Asked about reasons behind this trend, ministry officials cited foreign marriages as a possible factor.
In 2004, the divorce rate for those married to foreigners or people from China, Hong Kong or Macau for more than 10 years was 3.34 percent. But the rate rose to 41.9 percent in 2014.
Cultural differences could be a factor causing the increasing divorce rate for foreign marriages, ministry officials said, adding that it may require further academic research on the phenomenon to find the underlying causes.