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Divorce Data

Marriage and divorce certificates serve as legal documentation of marital status and provide limited surveillance information useful in describing current and changing societal attitudes that impact individual and family relationships. Successful marriages often result in emotional and economic supports helpful in achieving adequate levels of health and living standards for family members. Divorce is associated with the loss of psychological and economic support, as well as an increase in the risk of poor health and economic disadvantage for family members. Changes in marriage and divorce rates and demographics, such as the average age at marriage, can indicate population shifts in family size and family economic stability.

Divorce information is obtained from the Certificate of Divorce or Annulment submitted by parish Clerks of Court for divorces that occurred in Louisiana. Louisiana law requires that divorce certificates be submitted to the Vital Records Registry prior to the tenth of the month following the divorce.

Current 5-Year Divorce Trends

This chart and table illustrates the five year trends of Divorce in Louisiana.

5-Year Divorce Chart, 2006-2010

Divorces Occurring in Louisiana, 2006-2010

Year

Number

2006

13,882

2007

11,080

2008

11,657

2009

12,324

2010

12,872

5-Year Divorce Table, By Parish, 2006-2010

Divorce Data Tables

2010 Divorce Table

2009 Divorce Table