Dallas divorce attorneys will confirm something we all know; the divorce rate is high in the United States. We are coming to a point now where most people have been affected by divorce in some way, either as a child or adult, and sometimes both. But for many people that doesn’t stop the feeling of being alone when a divorce happens. Even with the best and most caring Fort Worth divorce attorneys working for you, many people need reassurance that they are not a failure, or a bad parent, and mostly that they are not experiencing this alone.
For many people, knowing that there are so many real people experiencing a similar situation can help relieve sadness and stress.
Here's a sampling of the most recently available statistics available on marriage and divorce in the US. These statistics come from the Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics and other independent studies.
- The divorce rate in 2007 (per 1,000 people) was 3.6. That equates to 856,000 divorces and annulments. Confirmation you are definitely not alone.
- In 2004, the state with the highest reported divorce rate was Nevada, at 6.4 (per 1,000). Arkansas was a close second, with a divorce rate of 6.3, followed by Wyoming at 5.3. The District of Columbia had the lowest reported rate at 1.7, followed by Massachusetts at 2.2 and Pennsylvania at 2.5.
- According to The State of Our Unions 2005, a report issued by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, only 63% of American children grow up with both biological parents -- the lowest figure in the Western world.
- As of 2003, 43.7% of custodial mothers and 56.2% of custodial fathers were either separated or divorced.
- In 2002, 7.8 million Americans paid about $40 billion in child and/or spousal support (84% of the payers were male).
- First marriages ending in divorce last an average of 8 to 11 years. Remarriages ending in divorce last an average of 7.4 years for men and 7.1 years for women.
- 49% of marriages end in divorce in the US.
- 82% of all married couples will reach their fifth wedding anniversary, but only 52% will celebrate 15 years of marriage.
- Most people wait three years after a divorce to remarry.
- Most divorce proceedings will take one year to complete.
Statistics that will help you avoid a future divorce.
- If you have an annual income of over $50,000, your risk of divorce decreases by 30%.
- If you wait to marry until you’re over 25, your risk of divorce decreases by 24%.
- If your parents are happily married, your risk of divorce decreases by 14%.
- If you have strong religious beliefs, your risk of divorce decreases by 14%.
- If you’ve attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by 13%.
Divorce is a necessary fact of life for many families. As experienced divorce attorneys in Dallas and Fort Worth, we are committed to not only easing your legal burden, but also easing your psychological pain of divorce in any way that we can. We hope that by providing you with these basic statistics regarding divorce, you will gain a bigger picture of your situation and realize that you are not alone.