Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that old married couples tend to divorce after their children grow up and move out of their family homes, . According to the figures, the divorce rate has decreased in the country, but people have shown a tendency of walking out from long-term relationships. The ABS paper, Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2008, notes that last year had the fewest divorces in a single year since 1992, with 2.2 divorces per 1000 population, the lowest in 20 years. "Divorce today is more likely to involve long-term marriages than in the past," the Daily Telegraph quoted Australian Institute of Family Studies director, Alan Hayes, as saying. He added: "For example, 28per cent of divorces in 2008 involved marriages of at least 20years. In 1990, the figure was 20 per cent. "If the relationship has broken down, it may be that couples today are less prepared than in previous generations to stay together after their children leave the marital home." However, he noted that the ABS figures showed that "marriage hasn't gone out of style. People still want to get married. "It's consistent with the institute's research, which indicates the majority of men and women across all ages endorse marriage as an institution." Source: ANITAN << Researchers Recommend Wii Fit For Soldiers Recovering From ... Most Brit Parents Spending Very Little Time With Children >> Recommended Reading Divorce Risk Less When Men Share Housework: Study Divorce rates are lower in families where husbands help out their spouses with the housework, shopping and childcare, according to a study of 3,500 British couples published Tuesday. READ MORE In China, A Divorce can Help You Buy a Second Home Li Guoliang, 42, is keen on divorcing his wife, in order to buy a second home. READ MORE Alarming Divorce Rates in Italy Divorce rates in Italy seem to have gone through the roof, as increasing numbers seem to be following in the footsteps of their Prime Minister, who is in the midst of a second marital split. READ MORE Petty Reasons Trigger Divorce Among Couples in Malaysia Petty reasons seem to be the cause of divorce among couples in Putrajaya, a district in Kuala Lumpur. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce? Divorce or breakup can be stressful and cause anxiety, depression and panic. Simple ways can help you deal with depression triggered by loss of marriage. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Diaphragmatic Hernia Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants More News on: How to Save your marriageSexual Intercourse FactsDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?