In 2021, the divorce rate in Mexico rose by 61.4%

According to numbers provided by INEGI, there were 149,675 divorces in 2021, which is a 61.4% increase over the number of divorces that took place in 2020. Only 10% of divorces were settled through administrative channels, while 90% were settled through judicial channels.

In 2021, the divorce rate in Mexico rose by 61.4%
During the year 2021, the number of divorces in Mexico climbed by 61.4%. Photo by engin akyurt / Unsplash

The number of divorces in Mexico went up by 61.4% from 2020 to 2021, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). In 2021, 149,675 divorces were filed.

The national divorce rate in Mexico was 16.9 separations per 10 thousand inhabitants over 18 years of age. The year 2020, which coincided with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, showed a decrease compared to 2019.

In 2021, 149,234 divorces between a man and a woman were recorded. In turn, there were 153 separations between men and 288 between women.

Campeche registered the highest divorce rate in 2021

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Campeche, with 46.6, was the state with the highest divorce rate, followed by Sinaloa with 40.2 and Coahuila de Zaragoza with 37.4 last year (2021).

On the contrary, the states with the lowest divorce rate were Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave with 6.4, Oaxaca with 8.6, and Puebla with 9.1 during the same period.

What was the main cause of divorces in Mexico in 2021?

The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) reported that the main cause of divorces in Mexico was "embedded divorce," registering 65.9% of separated couples during the previous year (2021).

This cause was followed by mutual consent with 32.7% and separation from the marital home for more than one year, with or without justified cause, with 0.43%, during the same period.

In 22 states, the main cause of divorce was "uncaused divorce," while the remaining 10 were by mutual consent.

Women got divorced younger than men in 2021

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), women in Mexico got divorced slightly younger than men, with the average age being 39.6 years for women and 42.2 years for men.

In 2021, of the 134,663 judicial divorces registered in Mexico, 25.2% of the marriages involved a minor daughter or son, while 18.8% of the couples involved two daughters or sons.

The economic activity of divorced people in Mexico

In terms of economic activity, 70% of the divorced men said they worked, while only 50.4% of the divorced women said the same thing.

The highest percentage of divorced people stated that they worked as employees: women with 80.8%, while men registered 73.3% in 2021.