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Number of divorces hit 114,781 in 2012

Number of divorces hit 114,781 in 2012
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Number of divorces hit 114,781 in 2012

The number of divorces in South Korea inched up 0.7 percent on-year in 2012, with fewer couples tying the knot, court data showed Sunday.

According to the data by the Supreme Court, the country had 114,781 divorces last year, compared with 114,707 the previous year. In contrast, the number of marriages dropped 0.7 percent from a year earlier to 329,220 in 2012.

Couples who had been married for 20 years or longer accounted for the largest portion of the total divorces at 26.4 percent with those with marriage lives of less than four years coming next with 24.6 percent.

Older-age divorces have been on a steady rise in the country, with the percentage rising to 24.8 percent in 2011 from 23.8 percent in 2010, 22.8 percent in 2009 and 23.1 percent in 2008.

Personality differences were the top reason for last year’s divorces, with other reasons including economic difficulties and spouse infidelity, according to the data.

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