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The Bahamas Marriage, Divorce, and Live Births Statistics

Last updated April 13, 2017

Note carefully the detailed breakdown of 2010 censor aggregates still not available like from the 2000 censor.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Barrington Brennen will update the divorce statistics on this page by May 31, 2017.  

He is doing research at the Supreme Court Registry so he can provide

the latest statistics on divorce in The Bahamas.  Return and see.

 

The statistics presented on this webpage are gleaned and analyzed by Barrington H. Brennen from the official statistics

by the Bahamas Department of Statistics and are presented here for clearer understanding, insight, and information. 

Some of the information on this webpage would not be found on The Bahamas Department of  Statistics webpage.

The statistics on this page are undated regularly with the latest information.

 
See Article "Is Marriage on the Decline?" Written 2007,    Divorce and Marriage in the Bahamas  Written 2004  Population Size
 

Grounds for Divorce in The Bahamas

 

Grounds for divorce: In The Bahamas a husband or wife may petition for divorce on grounds of:

1.  Adultery

2.  Cruelty

3.  Desertion for two years (has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years)

4.  Separation for five years (living separate and apart)

5.  Homosexuality & Bestiality(Since the celebration of the marriage been guilty of a homosexual act, sodomy or has had sexual relations with an animal)

The wife may also do so on the ground that her husband has since the celebration of the marriage been guilty of rape.

 

To this date divorce cannot be granted on grounds of irreconcilable differences or no-fault divorce.

 

A petition for divorce may be filed any time after the marriage.  Three months after the Decree Nisi is granted. The divorce may become final and a Decree Absolute may be issued provided that, where appropriate, a Judge is satisfied with the arrangements made for the welfare of the children.   In special cases this period may be reduced to six weeks.   Marriages not consummated may be annulled.

 

Any couple, regardless of nationality, may obtain a divorce in The Bahamas if it can be establish that the husband is domiciled here.  If the husband is not domicile, the wife may petition if she can establish that: (1) She and her husband have lived three years of their married life here and that these years directly preceded commencement of the suit and (2) Her husband has deserted her and has gone aboard.

 

Number of Divorces in the Bahamas 1970 to Present

Updated April 13, 2017

Year Divorces Granted  Divorces Filed Reasons for Divorce Divorce Rate Per 1,000 Population
  Total include Decree Nisi and Absolute This is total Applications or couples who applied to get divorced
  • A=Adultery

  • C=Cruelty

  • D=Desertion

  • S=Separation

  • H=Homosexuality

  • B=Bestiality

________________________

  • AC=Adultery & Cruelty

  • CD=Cruelty & Desertion

  • AD=Adultery & Desertion

 
1970 NA  

 

 
1975 99     0.5
1980 136     0.6
1990 368 557   1.4
1999 ? 408

 A=76 / C=143 / D=69 / S=119

 

2000

389

592

 A=66 / C=131 / D=79 / S=113

1.7

2001

461 577

 A=67 / C=173 / D=87 / S=128

1.5
2002 438 556

 A=58 / C=177 / D=59 / S=129

1.4
2003 324 653

 Breakdown not available

1.3
2004 647 ?

 Breakdown not available

2.0
2005 538 660  A=53 / C=214 / D=103 / S=140 / AD=16 / CD=7 2.1
2006 326 716  A=75 / C=340 / D=135 / S=164 2.1
2007 266 665  A=83 / C=284 / D=81 / S=145 2.1
2008 191 695

 A=64 / C=341 / D=116 / S=168

2.0
2009 65 603

 A=85 / C=300 / D=84 / S=121

1.8
2010   148 584  Breakdown not available yet 1.3
2011 30 570  Breakdown not available yet No Available
2012 187 564  Breakdown not available yet No Available
2013 207 563  Breakdown not available yet No Available
2014 197 607  Breakdown not available yet No Available
2015 180 634  To be available by May 1, 2017 No Available
2016 117 608  To be available by May 1, 2017 No Available
2017        
         
         
*Provisional
 

Number of Marriages - Statistics In The Bahamas

Updated May 4, 2015

Years Residential Marriages Only Total Residential and Tourist Marriages Marriage Rate (residential) per 1000 Population
2014   1,899 first 6 months  
2013   3,617 9.8
2012 N/A 3,685 10.2
2011 1141 Aug 31 3,915 11.1
2010 1939 3,928 5.5
2009 1977 3,956 5.8
2008 1969 4,127 5.8
 2007 2021 4,479 6.1
2006 2599 5770 7.9
2005 2508 5864 9.0
2004 2043 5443 6.4
2003 2039 5662 6.5
2002 N/A* 6479 N/A
2001 1789 5536 5.8
2000 2366 6118 7.8
1990 2182   8.6
1980 1396   6.6
1975 1051?   5.6
1970 1436   8.4
*Not available at the Department of Statistics
2009 Age Breakdown
 
Important Analysis by Brennen

The lowest divorce  rate in The Bahamas from 1975 to 2005 was in the year 1975.  It was 0.5 per 1000 population.    The divorce rate jumped in 30 years to 2.1 in 2005.  There were only 99 divorces in 1975 as compared to 689 in 2005, thirty years later.  Note carefully that the  total number of marriage up until 1998 included residential and tourist marriages.  It was in 1998 the the Department of Statistics started separating the two figures (residential and tourist marriages)

The marriage rate has not increased in 30 years.  The marriage rate in 1975 was  5.6 per 1000 population.  The marriage rate in 2005 was 5.3 per 1000 population (30 years later).  This is the lowest marriage rate in 30 years.  This rate can suggests that the number of people getting married each year from 1975 to 2005 has not increased with the population growth.

 


 

Teenage Mothers

This table is from the Births Report from the Bahamas Department of Statistics

Years: 1970 to 2010

Added June 4, 2012

"In 2010, the birth rate to teen mothers 10-19 years of age has decreased significantly, to a low of 17.6 from 32.4 births per1000 females, in 1970. When compared to the annual national totals the proportion of births to teen mothers fluctuated, reaching a high of 21.7 in 1980 to a low of 9.7 percent in 2005. During the last two years, the percentage of births to females under the age of twenty dropped to single digits, indicating some degree of stability in terms of the annual number of births to this group of females"  Department of Statistics
 

Live Births by Mothers' Country of Birth

From the Department of Statistics

Years: 1970 to 2010

Added June 4, 2012

 

Live Births by Marital Status of Mother

From the Department of Statistics

Years: 1970 to 2010

Added June 4, 2012

 

 

 

 
 
Live Births by Legitimacy & Age Group of Mother 1975 to 2007
Update Nov 18, 2009
 

Rates Based On the Age of the Mother at the Birth of the Child

  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
  1975
  • Born in Wedlock
1 163 657 1364 8 19 2,214  
  • Born out of Wedlock
10 505 588 145 3   1,769 44%
      Total Births in 1975 3,983  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1980
  • Born in Wedlock
0 100 539 1227 7 9 1,892  
  • Born out of Wedlock
22 979 1044 971 4 15 3,035 61.5%
      Total Births in 1980 4,927  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1981
  • Born in Wedlock
0 115 599       2,042  
  • Born out of Wedlock
17 955 1,170       3,111 60.4%
      Total Births in 1981 5,153  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1982
  • Born in Wedlock
0 116 612       2,054  
  • Born out of Wedlock
14 885 1,120       3,130 60.4%
      Total Births in 1982 5,184  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1983
  • Born in Wedlock
2 106 626       2,012  
  • Born out of Wedlock
25 844 1,240       3,240 61.7%
      Total Births in 1983 5,252  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1984
  • Born in Wedlock
               
  • Born out of Wedlock
    1,178       3,114  
      Total Births in 1984    
                 
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1985*
  • Born in Wedlock
2 91 559 1391 2 13 2,067  
  • Born out of Wedlock
25 789 1228 1305 2 21 3,363* 61.9%
      Total Births in 1985 5,430  
 

* Brennen Analysis:  Between 1975 and 2005, the year 1985 is the year with highest amount of children born out of wedlock (3.380).  The following years also had more than 3000 children born out of wedlock: 1980 (3035), 1981 (3115), 1982 (3147), 1984 (3114). Between 1986 and 2005  the figures for children born out of wedlock did not pass 3000 in one year.  This contradicts the beliefs that during those year the illegitimate birthrate skyrocketed.  What was happening between 1980 and 1985?  It was the time when illegal drug usage and sales was at its highest in The Bahamas.  See figures below.

                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1986
  • Born in Wedlock
0 74 512       1,980  
  • Born out of Wedlock
8 705 934       2,661 57.3%
      Total Births in 1986 4,641  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1987
  • Born in Wedlock
0 74 486       1,864  
  • Born out of Wedlock
19 628 904       2,420 56.5%
        4,284  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1988
  • Born in Wedlock
2 71 487       2,085  
  • Born out of Wedlock
21 741 947       2,813 57.4%
        4,898  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1989
  • Born in Wedlock
1 60 484       2,049  
  • Born out of Wedlock
8 703 977       2,863 58.3%
        4,912  
                 
                 
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1990
  • Born in Wedlock
0 7 238 1764 133 45 2,141  
  • Born out of Wedlock
13 683 929 1215 4 24 2,866 57.2%
      Total Births in 1990 5,007  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1992
  • Born in Wedlock
0 56 418       2,077  
  • Born out of Wedlock
5 665 935       2,759 57%
        4,836  
                 
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1995
  • Born in Wedlock
  41 343 1524 48   1,912  
  • Born out of Wedlock
17 508 794 945 34   2,270 54.3%
      Total Births in 1995 4,182  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 1996
  • Born in Wedlock
0 4 312       1,819  
  • Born out of Wedlock
7 529 791       2,315 55.9%
      Total Births in 4,134  
                 
 1997
  • Born in Wedlock
0 32 264       1,731  
  • Born out of Wedlock
16 498 776       2,300 57%
      Total Births in 4,031  
                 
 1998
  • Born in Wedlock
0 41 279       1,808  
  • Born out of Wedlock
11 478 768       2,257 55.5%
      Total Births in 4,065  
                 
 1999
  • Born in Wedlock
0 25 227       1,516  
  • Born out of Wedlock
11 423 677       2,032 57.3%
      Total Births in 3,548  
                 
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 2000
  • Born in Wedlock
1 41 271 1581 8 2 1,904  
  • Born out of Wedlock
19 519 844 1192 2 8 2,584 57.5%
      Total Births in 2000 4,488  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 2004
  • Born in Wedlock
  36 268 1608 4 15 1,931  
  • Born out of Wedlock
8 531 843 1119 4 10 2,515  
      Total Births in 2004 4,446  
                 
  10-14 15-19 20-24 25-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
 2005
  • Born in Wedlock
  23 271 1731 2   2,027  
  • Born out of Wedlock
8 508 883 1302 2 3 2,705 57.5%
      Total Births in 2005 4,732  
           

 

Note the Additional Age Groups (Between 25 to 50)

Note more babies are born in wedlock than out of wedlock between ages 30 to 50

Note the age group with the most babies born out of wedlock are ages 20-24

 

BOR = = More born in wedlock in these age groups

 

Largest  = Largest age group with births out of wedlock

 

 2006
  • Born in Wedlock
Ages 10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
  18 277 607 665 393 101 2 8 2,071 42.8%
  • Born our of Wedlock
7 530 903 654 418 177 80 2 18 2,769 57.2%
      Total Births in 2006 4,840  
           
                 
 2007 Age 10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
  • Born in Wedlock
  23 233 595 675 428 111 6 10 2,079 40.5%
  • Born out of Wedlock
9 561 968 682 466 259 73 4 8 3,047 59.5%
      Total Births in 2007 5,126  
 

Brennen Analysis

Ages 10-14.  Note carefully that the year with the highest birthrate between 1975 and 2005 for mothers out of wedlock ages 10-14 was in 1984 (56 births).   The following years also had double digits birthrate for mothers out of wedlock ages 10-14:  1977 (22),  1979 (19), 1981 (17), 1983 (25),  1987 (19),  1988 (21), 1993 (29).  From 2001 the rates for this age group has been in the single digits:  2001 (5), 2003 (9), 2004 (8), 2005 (8).  What is the reason for this decrease?  It is because of more education or the use of contraceptives?

Ages 15 to 24:  My analysis of this age bracket shows me that the singles between ages 15 to 24 are having more children out of wedlock than mothers ages 25 to 44.   More married women than unmarried women ages 25 to 44 are having children.  Note statistics above.  These statistics are made possible by the Department of Statistics of The Bahamas

 
 2008 Age 10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
  • Born in Wedlock
                     
  • Born out of Wedlock
                     
      Total Births in 2009    
 2009 Age 10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45 to 50+ NS Total  
  • Born in Wedlock
                    38% ALL

37% NP

43% FI

  • Born out of Wedlock
                    62% ALL
      Total Births in 2007    
2010                      
                  Total Births  
                     
                       
TOTAL       4,790  
           
                 
                       
                       
                       
           
 
 
 

 


 

Population

2010 Population for All The Bahamas: 353,658
Total Males: 170,926
Total Females: 182,732
Total Dwelling Units: 128,858
Total Occupied Units: 104,711
Total Vacant Units: 24,147
Average Household Size: 3.4
 
 
2010 Population for New Providence Alone: 248,948
Total Males: 118,679
Total Females: 130,269
Total Dwelling Units: 81,440
Total Occupied Units: 72,284
Total Vacant Units: 9,156
Average Household Size: 3.4
 

 

2009 Percentage of Births Out of Wedlock:  62%

2009 Percentage of Births In Wedlock: 38%

 

 

 

2009 Marriages of Singe Men and Single Women by Age Group

And Civil Condition of Their Partner

Courtesy of The Bahamas Department of Statistics

Added on this page on December 11, 2011

Note that there are very little teenage marriages and mostly teenage girls getting married.

The largest age group getting married is ages 25-29 in both male and female.

 

AGE GROUP

Number of Single Men Married To:

Total

Number of Single Women Married To:

Total

Single Women Widowed Divorce Women Single Men Widowed Divorced Men
 Under 15   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
 18 - 19   26   1   -   27   -   -    -   3
 20 - 24   382   4   19   385   202   -   11   213
 25 - 29   440   3   48   491   446   2   27   476
 30 - 34   299   4   95   398   357   4   47   408
 35 - 39   172   14   74   260   232   6   64   292
 40 - 44   109   8   80   177   171   12   54   141
 45 - 49   57   9   38   104   99   7   36   141
 50 - 54   31   11   37   79   62   6   29   97
 55 - 59   10   4   7   21   16   4   18   38
 60 - 64   2   7   5   14   15   5   15   35
 65+   3   3   1   7   18   6   15   30
 Not Stated   10   -   4   14   5   -   1   6
 TOTAL   1,521   68   388  1,977   1623   52   289   1,972

 


 
 
 
Brief Overview of Bahamian Marriage and Family Statistics for 2000
Also comparison with other countries

  2010 statistics will be online as soon as soon as it is available

1.         87,742 Households in the Bahamas
i. 37,321 Bahamian homes where married parents live together - 42.5%
ii. 50,140 Bahamian homes where no married parents live together - 57.5%
                                                            Including 7, 342 Common Law Households
                                                       
2.         2,366 Marriages and 503 Divorces in 2000
i. 415 divorces among couples with 0 to 2 children.
                                    The more children a couple has, the less likely the couple will divorce.

 3.        Young mothers (10-19) accounted for 13% of the registered births; 93% of these mothers                    were single

4.            Marriages/Divorce Per 1000 Population

 YEAR        MARRIAGES                     PER 1000                       POPULATION          DIVORCE PER 1000
1970                1,435                               8.4                             170,000                             N.A
1980                1,396                               6.6                             210,000                             0.6
1981                1,205                               5.5                             214,000                             0.8
1984                1,720                               7.6                             226,000                             1.6
1990                2,185                               8.6                             225,000                             1.4
1991                2,491                               9.6                             260,000                             1.3
1987                1,888                               7.9                             240,000                             1.8
1993                2,620                               9.7                             269,000                             1.5
1998                1,684                               5.7                             293,000                             1.2
2000                2,366                               7.8                             304,000                             1.5

 

  5.        Divorce By Duration of Marriage

                Duration of Marriages    Number of Divorces
                    1 Year                              2
                    2 Years                           12
                    3 Years                           26
                    4 Years                           28
                    8 Years                           34
                    10-14 Years                   121
                    15-19 Years                   55
                    20 and Over                   123     
 

6.        Divorce By Number of Children to Marriage

Number of Children            Number of Divorcees
             0                              172
            1                               133
            2                               110
            3                               61
            4                              16
            5                               5
            6                               1
            8 & 9                        -
            10 and More             4

 

7.        Comparison with Jamaica 2001

                        22,301 Marriages,  1691 Divorces - 1/13

 Comparison with Jamaica 2006 

Added November 18, 2008 ( Obtained by a phone call to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica )

             23,148 Marriages, 1768 Divorces - 1/13

 

Comparison with Jamaica 2010

20,489 Marriages and 2,371 Divorces

 

8.        Worldwide Divorce Rate Per 1000 population

            Sri Lanka                  0.15            
            Brazil                        0.26           
            Italy                          0.27            
            Mexico                     0.33            
            Turkey                     0.37            
            Mongolia                  0.37             
            Chile                        0.38            
            Jamaica                   0.38            
            Cyprus                     0.39            
            El Salvador              0.41            
            Ecuador                   0.42            
            Mauritius                  0.47             
            Thailand                   0.58           
            Syria                         0.65           
            Panama                    0.68           
            Brunei                       0.72                    
            Greece                     0.76           
            China                        0.79           
            Singapore                  0.80
            Tunisia                      0.82           
            Albania                     0.83           
             Portugal                    0.88           
            Korea                       0.88           
             Trinidad                    0.97            
            Qatar                        0.97           
             Guadeloupe              1.18           
            Barbados                  1.21           
            Bahamas                  1.6        
            Finland                      1.85           
            Canada                      2.46           
             Australia                   2.52           
            New Zealand             2.63           
             Denmark                   2.81           
            United Kingdom        3.08           
            Russia                       3.36           
            Puerto Rico               4.47           
            US                             4.95                       

 

9.         The ten highest countries per 1000 population          

            Sri Lanka             0.15 
            Jamaica                0.38  
            Trinidad               0.97 
            Guadeloupe         1.18  
            Barbados             1.21 
            Bahamas              1.6   
            Canada                2.46
            United Kingdom   3.08
            US                        4.95                                        

 

10.       Cuba Three of every four marriages end in divorce. - 75% divorce rate and rampant cohabitation

 

11.       Russia The number of divorces surpassed the number of  marriages by 19,600 from January to March this year (2002). In the first quarter of  2001, the number of marriages was 6,100 more than that of divorces.

 

12.        Percentage of Divorces in Select Countries (Percentage from marriages)

            Belarus 68%
            Russian Federation 65%
            Sweden 64%
            United Kingdom 53%
            United States 49%
            Canada 45%
            Bahamas 25%
            Turkmenistan 18%
            Italy 12%
            Albania 7%
            Macedonia 5%

 

13.       Most Popular Months for Getting Married in the Bahamas

January 215
                        February 121
                        June 168
                        July 175
                        August 139
                        September 99
                        December 204

 

14.       Most Popular Ages in the Bahamas for Getting Married

                    Age of Bride       Age of Groom                          Marriages
                     15-19                       60 & Over                               2

                                                                                         

                    20-24                       30-34                                       223

                                                                                            

                     30-34                       30-34                                       283

                                                                                           

                     30-34                       35-39                                       206
                     45-49                       50-54                                       33
                     60 &                        20-24                                       2
                     60 &                        60 &                                        24

15.       Total Marriages Per Age Group

                                              Age              Marriages   
                       Groom             30-34                656
                       Bride                30-34                680
                       Groom              35-39               520
                       Bride                 25-29               554

 

16.        Divorce By Age Groups

            Age of Husband        Age of Wife          Divorces
                      35-39              35-39                     54
                      30-34              40-44                     2
                      40-44              25-29                     1
                      50+                  50+                        113

 

16.       Birth for 2000

                        4,551 Total Live Births
                        1,896 Birth from married mothers  41%
                        2,646 From Single Mothers 59%

 

 

17.       Births in Jamaica 2001

                        48,065 Total live birth
                        39,503 Total births from single mothers 82%
 

18.       The Truth

    Very religious and traditional couples stay married longer but are the most unhappy among married couples.  “When the person's allegiance to the scripture was combined with dangerous teachings, much pain often resulted.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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