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Check Out These Shocking Divorce Statistics!!!

I’m in the process of writing an article for which I need some statistics about divorce. After spending a good bit of time on google searching for those statistics over the weekend, I came across tons of interesting data about divorce in the United States. Below are some of the most interesting statistics re: divorce in the U.S., and some of them will definitely shock you!


Divorce is Less Common Among Millennials Than Prior Generations[1]

Divorce rates in the U.S. have been dropping since the 1980’s, and that drop has been particularly sharp over the past Ten (10) years. From 2008 – 2016, the U.S. saw an Eighteen Percent (18%) drop in divorces.

But check this Out: younger people are exclusively responsible for the decline in the divorce rate because baby boomers are still getting divorced at very high rates, even in their 60’s and 70’s. From 1990 – 2015, the divorce rate doubled for people age 55 – 64, and tripled for Americans age 65 and older.


The common belief that 50% of marriages end in divorce isn’t technically accurate. [2]

The 50% divorce rate statistic first appeared in the 1980’s but due to the decline in divorces over the past decade, researchers today believe that approximately 42 – 45% of American marriages end in divorce.

Additionally, the percentage frequency of divorces depends on the number of times the spouses have been married. Specifically:

42-45% of first marriages end in divorce;

60% of second marriages end in divorce; and

73% of third marriages end in divorce.

Here’s another way to think about the divorce rate in the U.S. As of 2018, approximately 22% of men and 21% of women have gone through one or more divorces, and 11% of adult women and 9% of adult men are currently divorced (i.e. not remarried after a divorce).


The average length of marriages that ultimately end in divorce is Eight (8) years.[3]


The average age for couples going through a divorce is Thirty (30) years. [4]


Most people think about divorce for a while before going through with it.

Specifically, the average amount of time a person spends thinking about divorce before actually initiating the process is Two (2) years.


Most people remarry after divorce, and they don’t wait very long to do it…

Approximately 75% of divorced people (or 3 out of 4) will remarry.[5]

People wait an average of Three (3) years after a divorce to remarry.[6]

Six Percent (6%) of divorced coupled end up remarrying each other.[7]


The United States does NOT have the highest rate of divorce compared to other countries. [8]

According to the United Nations, the country with the highest divorce rate is the Maldives, with 10.97 divorces per 1000 inhabitants per year. In second place is Belarus with 4.63, followed by the United States in third place with 4.34.

According to the UN, the country with the highest divorce rate in the world is the Maldives with 10.97 divorces per 1,000 inhabitants per year. This is followed by the Belarus with 4.63 and the United States with 4.34.


Rates of divorce vary significantly between the states in the U.S. [9]


As of 2015, the 5 states with the lowest divorce rates were:

Iowa

Illinois

Massachusetts

Texas

Maryland


The 5 states with the highest divorce rates were:

Arkansas

Nevada

Oklahoma

Wyoming

Alaska


Regionally speaking, the rate of divorce is highest in the South and lowest in the Northeast.


What factors affect the likelihood that any given person will divorce?


Factors That Increase Likelihood of Divorce

The younger you are when you marry or begin to cohabitate with your spouse, the more likely you are to divorce.[10]

The more of your co-workers who are the opposite sex, the more likely you are to divorce.[11]

You’re more likely to divorce if you have friends, family members, or coworkers who are recently divorced.[12]

The more money spent on your engagement ring and wedding, the shorter the duration of your marriage is likely to be.[13]

Factors That Decrease Likelihood of Divorce


People who wait to marry or live together until they are more than 23 years of age are less likely to divorce.[14]

If you attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by a full 13%.

If you have a baby more than 7 months after getting married, your risk of divorce decreases by 24%.

If your annual income is greater than $25,000, you’re less likely to divorce.[15]

If your parents are happily married, your risk of divorce decreases by 14%.[16]


Social Media and Divorce[17]


One Third (1/3) of divorces start as online affairs.

25% of couples fight about Facebook at least one a week.

1 out of 7 married people have considered divorce based on their spouse’s social media activity.

20% of married people feel uneasy about their relationships because of their spouse’s social media activity.

Facebook is the #1 source for online divorce evidence. 81% of attorneys who are members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers have used or encountered evidence obtained from Facebook and other social media.

14% of married adults secretly look through their partner’s social media accounts for evidence of infidelity.

[1] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-25/millennials-are-causing-the-u-s-divorce-rate-to-plummet

[2] http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/12/15983/

[3] https://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf

[4] https://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf

[5] http://brandongaille.com/20-noteworthy-statistics-of-blended-families/

[6] http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-23/features/sc-fam-1023-divorce-reunite-20121023_1_divorce-process-couples-relationship

[7] Source: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-23/features/sc-fam-1023-divorce-reunite-20121023_1_divorce-process-couples-relationship

[8] https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/highest-divorce-rate/?fb_comment_id=803222679748921_1755303097874203

[9] US Census, 2009. https://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-13.pdf

[10] https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/the-science-of-cohabitation-a-step-toward-marriage-not-a-rebellion/284512/

[11] https://content.stg-openclass.com/eps/sanvan/api/item/b24b022b-f37a-4b3e-80f7-1cbe688c8b4b/1/file/henslin_writing_space_prod_test03302015/OPS/text/chapter-12/ch12_sec_06.xhtml

[12] http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/10/21/is-divorce-contagious/

[13] https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2501480

[14] https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/the-science-of-cohabitation-a-step-toward-marriage-not-a-rebellion/284512/

[15] https://content.stg-openclass.com/eps/sanvan/api/item/b24b022b-f37a-4b3e-80f7-1cbe688c8b4b/1/file/henslin_writing_space_prod_test03302015/OPS/text/chapter-12/ch12_sec_06.xhtml

[16] https://content.stg-openclass.com/eps/sanvan/api/item/b24b022b-f37a-4b3e-80f7-1cbe688c8b4b/1/file/henslin_writing_space_prod_test03302015/OPS/text/chapter-12/ch12_sec_06.xhtml

[17] Family Law Week (UK), Mashable, Slater and Gordon, GlobalWebIndex, The Fortino Group, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Associated Press, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

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