Local September 19, 2022 | 3:52 pm

Divorces on the rise: More than 28 thousand people separated in the country in 2021

Santo Domingo, DR.
Although marriage is a union between two people for the purpose of being together “until death do them part,” divorce records continue to increase in the country.

Between 2016 and 2021, there have been 138,225 divorces in the Dominican Republic, according to data from the National Statistics Office (ONE).

The data is divided as follows: 21,873 in 2016; 24,218 in 2017; 24,772 in 2018; 26,115 in 2019; 12,553 in 2020 and 28,694.

By mutual consent, divorces in 2021, which doubled compared to those in 2020, were 62.19%.

Of this total of divorces registered last year, 20,881 were between Dominicans, and the rest between Dominicans and people from the United States, Spain, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Canada, Italy, Germany, Haiti, Holland (Netherlands), and Ecuador.

By 2021, from March to December, there were more than 2,000 divorces per month.


For the same period in 2021, according to ONE, 284,924 marriages were registered in the country. If we make a logical subtraction of marriages and divorces, we could affirm that of the people who got married during the last six years, a total of 146,699 are still together.

Last year alone, 45,292 marriages were registered. 90.24% were civil marriages, for a total of 40,873; 2,332 people married in the Catholic Church; 1,165 Evangelicals; 129 Jehovah’s Witnesses; 575 Seventh Day Adventists; and 64 Pentecostals.

December and January top the list of marriages with 5,561 and 4,256, respectively.

The largest number of people who married were those 50 years of age and older, reaching 9,272; followed by those 25 to 29 years old with 8,868 marriages and 34-34 with 7,322.

Despite the fact that child marriage is prohibited in the Dominican Republic, 1,658 people between the ages of 15 and 19 were married in 2021.

Deaths in 2021

Deaths that occurred and were registered in 2021 by the ONE reached 47,800, of which 58.43 % corresponded to men with 27,933 deaths and 41.50 % with 19,835 deaths to women, plus 0.07 %, 32 in total, with undeclared sex.

“This under-reporting is one of the challenges to be overcome to offer higher quality statistics,” says the institution.

60.2 % of these deaths corresponded to people over 65 years of age.

Births 2021

In the year 2021, 157,084 births occurred and were registered, of which 50.87 % were male, and 49.13 % were female.

Of these births, 56.35% (59,312) were to mothers aged 20-29 years. A total of 2,455 births were registered among adolescents and young people between 15 and 19 years of age.

August, September, October, and November are the months with the highest number of children born, with 62,103. September has the highest number of births, with a total of 16,842.

According to the National Statistics Office, the provinces where more children were born are Greater Santo Domingo, 36,538; La Altagracia, 6,544; La Romana, 5,520; La Vega, 5,933; Duarte, 5,476; Barahona, 4,601 and Azua 4,009.

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