After receiving a revelation commanding him to practice plural marriage, Joseph Smith married multiple wives and introduced the practice to close associates. This principle was among the most challenging aspects of the Restoration—for Joseph personally and for other Church members. Plural marriage tested faith and provoked controversy and opposition. Few Latter-day Saints initially welcomed the restoration of a biblical practice entirely foreign to their sensibilities.
Annual divorce numbers and rates, by duration of marriage, sex, age, previous marital status, and to whom granted and reason. This is the latest release. View previous releases. Contact: Email Nicola Haines. Release date: 26 September
Skip to main content. Foreign Domestic. Population and Housing Population Projection Statistics. Reports Technical Notes. Monday, February 26,
In some countries, girls as young as 7 or 8 are forced by their families to marry much older men. The reasons girls are married are diverse, and parents sometimes believe that through marriage, they are protecting their daughters and increasing their economic opportunities. However, child marriage exposes girls to increased health problems and violence, denies them access to social networks and support systems, and perpetuates a cycle of poverty and gender inequality. Child marriage occurs in every region of the world, and is practiced across cultures, religions, and ethnicities. However, the largest number of child brides live in South Asia, where 46 percent of girls are married before the age of