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Santo Domingo.- There is 31.4% of the 6,863,278 Dominicans 15 years old or older that are in common law relationships, while 18.5% are married and 1.5% are divorced. Also, there is 12% separated, 5.2% are widowed, and a large mass of single persons at 31.4%, or 2,154,023 persons. According to the report "System of Social Indicators of the Dominican Republic" presented by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, last year 2,155,144 persons were in common law relationships, a number far greater than the 1,272,573 that were married. Only 104,873 were divorced, and 822,889 separated.


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The majority in the Dominican Republic prefer common law relationships
| diariolibre.com | 24-05-2010
    

Santo Domingo.- There is 31.4% of the 6,863,278 Dominicans 15 years old or older that are in common law relationships, while 18.5% are married and 1.5% are divorced.

Also, there is 12% separated, 5.2% are widowed, and a large mass of single persons at 31.4%, or 2,154,023 persons.

According to the report "System of Social Indicators of the Dominican Republic" presented by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, last year 2,155,144 persons were in common law relationships, a number far greater than the 1,272,573 that were married.

Only 104,873 were divorced, and 822,889 separated.

"The people prefer common law relationships over a legal commitment due to the insecurity that they have with regard to the relationship they entered since, in a great majority of couples, there is a stigma associated with divorce and they think that if it doesn't work out, they don't have to do any paperwork," said the psychologist Eduvigis Gil.

Although in this country the dominant religion is Catholicism which places marriage very high and condemns common law relationships, the specialist points out "there are a great number of persons that say that they are religious, but they do not live by the principles of the Bible and do not understand the spiritual implication connected with common law relations".

It is greater than in 2000

Ten years ago, of a total of 2.589,984 Dominicans over 15 years of age, 29.2% were involved in common law relationships and 24.1% were married.

With the passing of the years, the percentages differences have increased. In 2005, of a total of 6,205,527 persons, there was 30.6% in common law relationships and 20.9% were married.

For 2007, the percentages increased slightly, with 31.2% in common law relationships and 19.2% married.

In spite of the family problems that there are in society, Dominicans prefer to separate rather than divorce. In 2000 there were 2.1% of this population that were divorced, and 5.7% were separated.

Five years later, it changed to 1.7% divorced and 10.5% separated, and in 2007 there was 1.7% divorced and 11.2% separated.

High singles rate

In the Dominican Republic there is a high rate of singles. For the year 2000, 34.4% were single. Five years later, this figure fell to 31.2%, and in 2007 it climbed slightly to 31.4%.

 

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