Women, on average, live longer than men (in 2004 the life expectancy for women was 82.6 years and 77.8 years for men).
Age of newlyweds is also a key factor for first marriage dissolution.
During and following the Second World War there were fewer single men, which lowered the number of marrying couples.
However, following the war, couples were reunited and the marriage rate rose.
Teens who marry face a marriage dissolution risk that is almost double that of individuals who marry between the ages of 25 and 29, and people who wait until their mid-30s or later who have a 43 per cent lower risk.
A common-law union occurs when two people live together in a conjugal relationship, generally for at least a year (or more depending on the province they reside in).
Married couples are still the predominant family structure.
However, between 20, the number of common-law couples rose 51.4 per cent, which is more than five times the increase for married couples over the same period.
By 2016, this number had declined to 65.8 per cent — a change mostly due to the rising popularity of common-law unions.
In 1981 (the first year that census data on common-law couples was collected), such unions accounted for 6.3 per cent of all families in Canada.
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