What Are the Actual Facts on Divorce Rates?

“Curious about how the US is fairing against the rest of the world in terms of divorce rates? What about the old 50/50 rule?  Find out some interesting information on divorce statistics.”

If you're living in Daytona and divorce attorney-searching for answers to legal questions, then this statistical report might be of interest to you.  You've probably heard that divorce rates are as high as 50% in America.  However, have you actually studied divorce statistics for 2012?  Doing so will give you an interesting glimpse into our society, that of our neighbors, and a world view.

For instance, the highest divorce rate in the world is actually in Russia, followed by Belarus, the Ukraine, Moldova and the Cayman Islands.  The United States had the highest divorce rate for an English world power, as the UK wasn't even ranked on the top 10.

The latest developments indicate that the overall rate of divorce dropped in 2012—perhaps we were all waiting to see if the world truly ended?  The US's much reported “50/50” chance of a marriage working out is not entirely accurate—it really depends on the demographic one is analyzing.  According to the Americans for Divorce Reform the actual percentage of failed marriages is closer to 40% or slightly higher in the US.  There are also major differences when analyzing different age groups.  For instance, women under the age of 20 have a 27% rate of divorce, while men have an 11.7% rate.  However, 36.6% of women divorce by age 20-24, whereas only 8.5% of women ages 30-34 divorce—at least according to the latest 2011 and 2012 figures.

The divorce rate also increases for second and third marriages, as 67% of second marriages and 74% of third marriages end in divorce, as shown by data compiled by the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri.

What about the baby band-aid solution, aka choosing to not get divorced because of the children?  It's still a fact, as couples with children tend to have lower rate of divorce than childless couples.  Some researchers go so far as to say that childless marriages can actually cause divorce, as the absence of children leads to loneliness and boredom faster.  Statistically speaking, they may have something there since 66% of all divorces are coming from childless couples.

Lastly, what about the overall population?  As of 2011 and 2012, an estimated 68.8% of the population in the US is married while 65% are single, 59.7% are divorced and 55.9% are currently legally separated.  Overall, at least for the time being, the happily married folks are still the higher population.

Fortunately, there are laws in Daytona and throughout the US that can protect men from outlandish divorce settlements.  If you are looking for legal advice, don't hesitate to contact a Daytona attorney and ask about your options.

By Kenny Leigh

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