Divorce numbers in Flanders down

The number of divorces in Flanders is showing a downward trend. Chances of getting divorced dropped to 9 in 1,000 couples in 2013, a report compiled by the Flemish government shows. The year 2013 had 3,000 cases less than 2000, it turns out.

The statistics also reveal that fewer couples are tying the knot. The number of marriages between 1981 and 2013 had a spectacular 41 per cent drop: in actual figures from 38,164 to 22,645. It's especially first marriages that are hit (-51 per cent).

The number of divorces originally climbed in these first decades (with no less than 56 per cent). Chances of splitting up and filing for divorce reached a peak in 2008. However, since then, a downward trend can be seen. "Chances to get divorced dropped to 9 in a thousand in 2013. This figure equals a 27 per cent drop compared to 2008", the report points out. However, this is still a lot more compared to the year 1981, a 78 per cent increase to be precise.