Generation Y and Divorce

28 March 2011

Professor Patrick Parkinson, AM comments on new divorce statistics for the under thirties.

According to a report in the Sun-Herald, Generation Yhas embraced the institution of marriage with enthusiasm, down to the big white wedding.

However, young divorcees find themselves socially adrift and lacking in services to help them ease back into single life.

More than 9300 people under the age of 30 divorced in 2009 - 440 more than in 2007, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.

Divorce for those under 30 with no children was legally straightforward, Professor Patrick Parkinson said.

But compared to a young de facto couple who lived together the ''emotional turmoil'' of a marriage breakdown was much greater, he said.

''Women in particular can alter their career when they are married because there is the assumption that it will last and they are together as an economic unit - they're not just dating, they're married.

"Cohabiting couples are much more likely to live separate lives,'' Professor Parkinson said.

View the report - Young divorcees cast adrift - Sun Herald

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