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March 11, 2011

There were 25,766 divorces filed in New Jersey during 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That may not seem like much in a state with a population of nearly 8.8 million, but it gives one pause considering there were only 45,682 marriages that year.

While the number of divorces has remained pretty steady over a three-year period, the number of marriages saw a steady drop since 2006, when there were 47,727. The Centers for Disease Control and the NJ Department of Health and Senior Service do not release the number of civil unions that have taken place in the state since 2007, when the Civil Union law was enacted. Nor has they released the number of domestic partnerships that were legally codified in the state before 2007.

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