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5 Surprising Divorce Statistics

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As time goes on, the figures related to divorce are constantly changing. This blog will take a look at 5 of some of the most recently up-to-date divorce statistics. If you are considering a divorce or are in the middle of one, it's important to understand the current landscape. The experienced divorce attorneys at Owenby Law, P.A. can help guide you through this difficult time.

Why are Divorce Rates Constantly-Changing?

The divorce rate in the United States is constantly changing due to various factors, such as economic growth or recession, changes in the laws that affect marriage and divorce, changes in attitudes about relationships and marriage, and more. It's also important to note that not all states have the same divorce rates; some states still allow divorces even if one spouse disagrees, while others require both spouses to agree.

1. Overall Divorce Rate

The overall divorce rate in the United States has been declining since its peak in the 1980s. In 2020, there were 2.3 divorces per 1,000 married people. This is down significantly from 4.0 divorces in 2000 and even more so from the 5.3 divorces per 1,000 married people in 1980.

2. Florida Divorces

In 1990, the average rate of divorce in Florida was 6.3 per 1,000. This includes annulments, too. In 2020, the rate of divorce toppled down 3.0.

3. Gray Divorce Rates

While the overall divorce rate has been declining, the rate for couples over 50 has been increasing steadily since the 1990s. This is often referred to as a “gray divorce.” In 2021, 34.9 percent of marriages that ended in divorce were between people ages 55 or older. This is up nearly double since 1990.

4. Divorce May Be Contagious

A study from Brown University analyzed over 30 years of marriage data and concluded that married couples were 75 percent more likely to divorce if a friend was divorced. Further, married couples were 33 percent more likely to divorce if a friend of a friend was divorced.

5. More Educated Women Results in Lower Divorce Rates

Women with bachelor's degrees whose first marriage was between 2006-2010 had a 78 percent chance of their marriage lasting for at least twenty years. Those with somewhat of a college background had a 49 percent chance, while high school-only graduates had a 40 percent chance.

Navigating Your Divorce with Owenby Law, P.A.

Divorce can be a difficult and complicated process - but you don't have to go through it alone. At Owenby Law, P.A., our team of experienced family law attorneys can help you every step of the way. We will evaluate your individual situation and help you make the best choices for your future moving forward. Contact us today at (904) 770-3141 for a free initial consultation!