WSAW NewsChannel 7  | Central WI, Wausau, Rhinelander  |  News, Weather, Sports

Number of Wis. Marriage Up, Divorce Rates Down

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- For the second straight year, the number of people who got married in Wisconsin went up and the number of couples who called it quits dropped.

The increases in marriages in both 2011 and 2012 come after a 30-year decline.

The annual report on marriages and divorces issued by the state Department of Health Services this week shows that 30,940 couples tied the knot in 2012. That is up from 30,287 the previous year.

The numbers are still far below the highest mark -- 41,113 in 1980.
At the same time marriages have been going up, divorces have dropped.

There were 16,332 divorces in the state last year, the second year in a row it has gone down. There were 303 fewer divorces in 2012 compared with 2011.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@wsaw.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 220673841