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Rise in couples who split within five years

New study finds that many stray within first few years of marriage, some opt for divorce

Published on Feb 16, 2014 7:42 AM

The first five years of marriage are proving a challenge for more Singapore couples - that is when partners stray, and a rising number of marriages break down.

A study on straying couples by Touch Family Services found that slightly more than half the 164 respondents polled had affairs within five years of marriage. For one in three, the affairs happened in the first two years of married life.

The number of marriages which ended in divorce under five years rose from 272 in 1980 to 1,268 in 2012.

But those married for five to nine years continued to make up the largest group of divorcing couples over that period - 617 in 1980, and 2,084 in 2012.

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