SINGAPORE: Marriages and divorces were both higher last year compared with 2005, said the Department of Statistics.
23,706 marriages were registered last year against 22,992 in 2005 - showing a 3.1 per cent increase.
Of these, 3,945 marriages were registered by the Registry of Muslim Marriages.
However, the overall number of marriages is still lower than the annual average registered in the 1990s - which stood at 24,800.
The Department said men in the 25 to 29 age group, and women aged 20 to 24 experienced the largest fall in marriage rates last year.
And the delay in the timing of marriage occurred among grooms and brides of all educational groups.
In 2006, those with primary or no education were the oldest to get married; and the median age at first marriage for this group was 40 years for non-Muslims and 33 years for Muslims.
Meanwhile, re-marriage has become increasingly common, with 17 per cent of grooms and 15 per cent of brides remarrying last year.
For Muslim grooms, the proportion remarrying rose from 19 per cent in 1996 to 26 per cent last year.
As for the divorce rate, the Department noted that younger married persons aged 20 to 24 registered the highest rate last year.
Their divorce rate also showed the largest increase over the past ten years.
Among male divorcees last year, the largest number came from the 35 to 44 age group, while for the women it was the 25 to 34 age group.
And Muslims who divorced have a shorter median duration of marriage as compared to non Muslims.
Last year, it was 7.8 years for Muslims and 10 years for non-Muslims.
84 per cent of non-Muslim divorced couples last year were predominantly Chinese, a figure which is on par with a decade ago. - CNA/yy