How long does the average marriage separation last?

Updated March 23, 2017

The marriage separation rate closely parallels the divorce rate. Separation is a stressful event, linked to many physical and emotional problems for those undergoing separation.


There are five marriage separations for every four divorces, with most separations ending in divorce. Young people tend to get separations more than do older married couples.

Average Length

The average marriage separation lasts approximately one year from the start of the separation to the divorce. The average time from the initial marriage to the separation is filed is about six years.

Other Statistics

Approximately 5 per cent of all married couples file for separation during any given year. Separated people are more likely to seek psychiatric help than others and are more likely to be in a car accident. They also have higher rates of illness, disability and death. Approximately 10 per cent of all married couples separate but later reconcile and continue the marriage.

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