Surprising Facts About Divorce

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There are a lot of myths out on the internet about divorce statistics. We looked at some of the most common myths and compared them with research to determine which myths are truths and which myths are fiction.

What is the current divorce rate?

The statistical myth is that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. However, the current research shows that 39% of all marriages end in divorce. This is still a large percentage but not quite as high as half of all marriages.

What is the most common month to file for a divorce?

You often see articles posted for January being divorce month. However, according to research by the University of Washington, March and August are the most common times of the year that people file for divorce.

What is the least common month to file for a divorce?

As you would expect, divorce filings are extremely uncommon in November and December due to Thanksgiving and Christmas being times where families come together.

Can a spouse’s alcohol habits increase the probability of divorce?

According to a study by the University of Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, if one spouse is a heavy drinker and the other spouse is not, the marriage is more likely to end in divorce than a married couple with the same drinking habits. The study found that 50% of married couples in which only one partner drank heavily ended in divorce whereas that percentage was only 30% for couples who shared the same drinking habits.

Does gender affect the award of child support?

About 50% of all mothers who have custody of their children have a monthly award of child support whereas only 30% of fathers who have custody of their children have a monthly award of child support. According to CBS, more than 30% of child support payments are evaded altogether, and less than 50% of all child support payments are paid in full.

Is a child with divorced parents more likely to divorce as an adult?

A child with divorced parents is more likely to get divorced as an adult than a child from a happy family according to a report by Pew Social Trends. However, data used by Pew Social Trends from the National Survey of Families and Households revealed that children who grew up in a high conflict household with married parents were more likely to divorce than children of high conflict parents who divorced.

What is the average age of an individual going through a first divorce?

60% of divorces involve spouses who are between the ages of 25 and 39. However, the divorce rate for people over 50 has doubled since 1990. The LA Times reported that divorced women over 50 experienced a 45% drop in their standard of living compared to a 21% drop for men over 50.

Are men or women more likely to get remarried?

Men are more likely to remarry than women.

Do married individuals believe that divorce is preferable to staying in an unhappy marriage?

Researchers found that 58% of Americans agree that divorcing is preferable to staying unhappily married. Researchers also found that 67% of Americans believe that divorcing is better for the children involved than staying in an unhappy marriage.

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