Marriages, divorces drop in Wisconsin

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Associated Press | May 15, 2014

MADISON — For the first time in three years, the number of people getting married in Wisconsin went down.

The number of weddings had declined for 30 straight years before increases in both 2011 and 2012. But in 2013, weddings dropped by 961 compared with the year before.

The state Department of Health Services reported the data Wednesday.

The report shows that 29,979 couples tied the knot last year, down 961 from the year before.

While fewer people are getting married, divorces also continue to decline.

There were 15,941 divorces in the state last year, the third year in a row there has been a decrease. There were 391 fewer divorces in 2013 compared with 2012.

The most popular month to get married last year was August, with January the least popular.

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