Reports on links between education levels and divorce rates inconclusive

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Divorce on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

When facing the possibility of divorce, people inevitably try to figure out what went wrong and who is to blame. Researchers also look into the causes of divorce, trying to figure out which factors contribute most to divorce.

Researchers have looked into income levels, geography, age, the marriage histories of couples, religious beliefs and much more as they try to unravel the causes of divorce in St. Louis and across the nation.

Now researchers at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University say they have found that two groups of women are least likely to divorce: those who have a college degree and those who failed to get a high school diploma.

Researchers examined data from the U.S. Census Bureau collected last year. They found that, on average, the rate for divorce for women 18 years or older in their first marriage was 17.5 per 1,000 women.

Yet for those with a college degree, the first-marriage divorce rate was significantly lower: just 14.2 per 1,000 women.

The first-marriage divorce rate for women with no high school diploma or GED was barely higher: 14.4.

So who’s most likely to divorce? Those women in between: those with some education beyond high school, but without a college degree. They divorced at a rate more than a third higher than the other two groups: 23 divorces per 1,000 women.

No matter what your level of education, the smart move when facing the possibility of divorce is to talk to an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate a difficult personal and legal process.

Source: UPI: “Education, divorce rate link inconclusive,” Nov. 8, 2011

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