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News: Out of 8 Million Married people in Ghana Over 500,000 are divorced and 400,000 Separated 2021 Census figure reveals

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A 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) figures from Ghana’s population agency has revealed that out of the 8 million married people in the West African country, over 500,000 are divorced and 400, 000 separated.

According to myjoyonline.com, 553,065 persons in Ghana have had their marriages dissolved while 405,090 have separated.

These figures were obtained through interviews of people during the 2021 PHC which began on June 27 and ended on August 15, 2021.

Of the over 400,000 spouses who have separated, the majority were females with a corresponding figure of 252,079 persons; the remaining 153,011 were males.

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The 2021 Population and Housing Census statistics put the total number of persons married in Ghana at 8,366,466 out of which 6,748,622 of them have not registered their marriages, with only 1,617,844 registered.

Marital Status
According to the report, marital status refers to the civil status of a person aged 12 years or older as of the Census Night on Sunday, June 27, 2021.

It may be one of the following cases:
Informal/consensual union/living together: A person living together in a marital union but without civil or traditional recognition.

Married under civil/ordinance, customary/traditional and Islamic rites, whether registered or not.

Separated vs Divorced
Separated: A person who no longer has common living arrangements with the spouse but whose marriage has not been declared customarily or legally dissolved.

Divorced: A person whose marriage has been annulled or dissolved either in a court of law or by custom and has not remarried.

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