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True or False: Half of All Marriages End in Divorce

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CA divorce lawyerWe have all heard the oft-repeated figure that half of all marriages end in divorce, but looking at the numbers, that statistic is not entirely accurate. That half of all marriages end in divorce is actually a prediction from the 1980 U.S. census report.

The report said that half of the couples married between 1976 and 1977 would end up divorced and that divorce rates would increase. However, this has not happened.

According to the National Survey of Family Growth, the chances of a first marriage lasting at least 10 years was 68 percent for women and 70 percent for men married between 2006 and 2010. Other economists say that about 70 percent of marriages from the 1990s reached fifteen years (excluding those in which a spouse died), which is up from about 65 percent of those that began in the 1970s and 1980s.

Marriages that began in the 2000s are so far divorcing at even lower rates. If this trend continues, about two-thirds of marriages will not end in divorce.

There are certain factors that may increase or decrease your chances of divorce:

  • Age. Marrying before 25 years old means you are more likely to divorce. Some research suggests that those who get married between the ages of 28 and 32 years old have the best chances of remaining married.
  • Education level. College graduates are 10 percent less likely to experience a divorce.
  • Location. Maine and Nevada have the highest rates of divorce followed by Oklahoma, Florida, Oregon, and Kentucky. States with the lowest rates are New York, New Jersey, Utah, California and North Dakota.
  • Race. According to one report, Black women experience the highest rates of divorce, followed by white and Hispanic women. Asian women experience the lowest rates.
  • Children. Marriages, where there are children of the marriage, are less likely to end in divorce. While children might protect against divorce, studies show that happiness and life satisfaction of parents decrease after children are born.
  • Religion. A shared religion usually keeps a marriage intact. However, a Pew study reports that 74 percent of couples divorcing were Christian and 20 percent were agnostic or atheist.

Call a San Jose Divorce Lawyer

If you are going through a divorce, an attorney can help you through the process. Our firm has years of experience and will have your best interests in mind. Call the skilled San Jose, CA divorce attorney at Dominion Law Group, LLP at 408-288-5592 today.





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