5 New Divorce Trends

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5 New Divorce Trends

by | Jan 22, 2021 | DIVORCE/DISSOLUTION |

When marrying people hope that they are not part of the statistics that nearly 50% of married couples in the United States will end their marriages through divorce. This high divorce rate in the U.S is not a new divorce statistic.

I will share some possibly surprising divorce facts and statistics:

1. Women are happier than men after divorce. 65% of divorces are initiated by women. There has been some research and speculation as to why this is so. Sometimes factors such as child custody and spousal abuse play into reasons why a woman may initiate a divorce. Also, women are more likely to initiate a divorce if they are economically independent and if her social circle supports the decision to divorce. A study of nearly two decades by Kingston University London found women are significantly more content than usual for up to five years after divorce. This contradicts the 2002 study by Institute for American Values that found that unhappily married adults who divorced were no happier after the split than unhappily married adults who stayed married.

3. The largest segment of people getting divorced over the past decade are those over 50.  According to the National Center for FactTank, the divorce rate for the over 50 population has doubled since the 1990s. This “grey divorce revolution” may be the result of many reasons. The sheer population size of the baby boomer generation could be contributing to this rise in divorce. Also, people tend to marry at a later age, possibly contributing to people getting divorced at a later age. In addition, those who have been remarried are 2.5 times more likely to go through a divorce.

4. Factors such as age, education, religion, and geographical area all influence the likelihood of divorce.  Those who are married after 25, have a religious affiliation, a child after marriage, a college education, and a higher income are slightly less likely to go through a divorce. Even the area that you live in may influence whether or not you get a divorce. Those who live on the west coast appear to have higher divorce rates than those who live on the east coast. It is unclear as to the reasons behind these trends, only that they exist.

5. A significant number of children view divorce as a solution to marital problems. In one study, 70% of children with divorced parents saw divorce as an adequate answer to marital problems whereas only 40% of children with married parents saw it as a solution. This reaffirms that children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced.

If you have questions or wish to discuss divorce goals and objectives, schedule consultation with an experienced divorce attorney.  For consultation in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, contact Michael Bouldin at [email protected] or call 859-581-6453 Contact Link