The number of divorces soared in Spain in 2006 compared to a year earlier when a new law which made the process of legally ending a marriage faster came into force, official figures showed Thursday. A total of 126,952 divorces were registered last year, a 74.3 percent jump over the previous year, national statistic institute INE said in a statement. The increase in divorces was especially sharp among those who had been married less than one year, jumping to 945 in 2006, a 330.6 percent rise over 2005 which INE said was linked to the change in the divorce law. Spain adopted a new divorce law in June 2005 that eliminated a requirement that couples be physical separate for a period of time before divorce proceedings could begin. The new law also did away with the need for couples to provide a reason, such as infidelity or alcoholism, for seeking a divorce. The average length of marriages which were terminated last year by either divorce or separations, was 15.1 years while 45 percent of the couples who split up did not have children, the statistics office said. Source: AFPSRM/P << Sleep Enhances Memory Processing World Lung Cancer Day >> Recommended Reading Start Your Life Afresh at Vienna's First Ever Divorce Fair! Vienna is to host what organisers have dubbed the world's first "divorce fair" this month, aimed at couples whose wedding dreams have turned sour and who need help in untying the knot READ MORE Divorce Leaves Women Significantly Worse Off Financially Than Men A new study has found that after divorce, women are considerably worse off money-wise as compared to men. READ MORE Italy's Divorce Rate Jumps 74 Percent in 10 Years The divorce rate in predominantly Roman Catholic Italy catapaulted 74 percent between 1995 and 2005, a new study by the national statistics institute said Tuesday. 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 Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Daily Calorie Requirements More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?