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2006 Census: Family portrait: Continuity and change in Canadian families and households in 2006: National portrait: Individuals

More common-law partners divorced than never-married after age 50

Not only did common-law partners in different age groups grow at different paces, but the legal marital status of common-law partners also varied with age.

Most common-law partners aged 15 and over (70.0%) had never been legally married in 2006, while 22.7% were divorced.

Figure 10 By their early fifties, more common-law partners had been previously married

For the youngest age groups, it was most common to be never married, but this gradually declined with age as the proportion of persons who were divorced increased. By their early fifties, more common-law partners were divorced than never legally married. There was also an increase in the proportion of people aged 50 and over living in common-law unions who were widowed.

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