Taipei, A total of 54,439 couples got divorced in Taiwan in 2017, the highest number since 2012 and up 589 couples from the previous year, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of the Interior.
The median length of the marriages of the divorced couples in 2017 was 7.5 years.
A total of 18,454 couples, or 33.9 percent of the total, were divorced in the first five years of their marriage, while 11,737 couples, or 21.56 percent of the total, had been married 5 to 9 years.
The statistics showed that the couples were less likely to divorce when their marriage lasted more than 10 years.
About one out of five couples (19.81 percent) that got divorced in 2017 were marriages between a Taiwanese citizen and a foreign national, the statistics showed.