Taipei--Taiwan saw a total of 53,850 divorces in 2016, among which, marriages that had lasted less than five years accounted for the majority, the latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior show.
The divorce rate last year also superseded that of the previous year by 402 couples, the statistics show, with an average 147.5 couples getting divorced every day last year.
The numbers indicate a trend toward high divorce rates among couples who had been married for less than five years. These short marriages accounted for 33.60 percent of the total divorces in 2016, the ministry said.
Coming in second were couples who had tied the knot for five to nine years, representing 20.7 percent of the total number of divorces.
According to the ministry, data compiled over the last decade shows that Taiwan's divorce rate fluctuated between 2007 and 2016.
Based on data compiled from the period, the average annual divorce number for 2007-2012 was roughly 57,000, with the figure dropping to around 53,000 between 2013 and 2016.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel