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4 Interesting Facts About Divorce and Marriage

Posted on in Divorce

Palatine divorce attorneyFirst comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...divorce? When you got married, you might have thought you would live happily ever after, but the truth is, divorce is not uncommon, especially in the United States. Though divorce happens for myriad reasons, and no one couple’s relationship is the same as the next, there are some interesting trends to note in divorce and marriage.

1. Divorce Rates Have Actually Decreased

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marriage rates have actually decreased since 2000, when the rate per 1,000 people was about 8.2. In 2016, the U.S. marriage rate was at 6.9 per 1,000 people. Divorces have also been decreasing steadily since 2000, when the divorce rate was at 4.0 per 1,000 people. In 2016, the U.S. saw one of the lowest divorce rates ever at 3.2 per 1,000 people.

2. Where You Live Could Factor Into How Successful Your Marriage Is

It might seem strange, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, divorce rates are higher in certain areas of the country. In 2009, divorce rates were highest for both men and women living in the southern U.S., with states like Arkansas and Oklahoma having some of the highest divorce rates among men and Alabama and Kentucky having the highest divorce rates among women. In comparison, northeastern states tend to have lower divorce rates, with New Jersey having the lowest divorce rate.

3. Education May Have Something To Do With Divorce Rates

Studies have shown that couples who have more formal education tend to have lower divorce rates. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, divorce rates steadily decreased as the level of education increased in both men and women. Those who have bachelor’s degrees or higher had the lowest divorce rates.

4. Age Could Factor Into the Divorce Rate, Too

Most people know that getting married at a young age correlates with a higher divorce rate, but studies have shown that getting married too late may actually increase your chance of divorce as well. A study published by the Institute For Family Studies found that divorce rates decrease the older you get--until you reach your early 30s, when the divorce rate actually starts to increase by about five percent per year.

Get Help From a Rolling Meadows Divorce Attorney

Divorce is complicated and messy and is never fun, but it can be made a bit more bearable with help from a knowledgeable Schaumburg divorce lawyer. The lawyers at Anderson & Associates, P.C. have extensive experience helping couples reach favorable divorce settlements and moving on with their lives. To find out how you can make your divorce go as smoothly as possible, contact our office at 847-995-9999 to set up a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/national_marriage_divorce_rates_00-16.pdf

https://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-13.pdf

https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2013/article/marriage-and-divorce-patterns-by-gender-race-and-educational-attainment.htm

https://ifstudies.org/blog/want-to-avoid-divorce-wait-to-get-married-but-not-too-long/

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