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Are Divorce Rates the Highest They Have Ever Been?

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West Dundee divorce lawyerDivorce can happen because of money, extramarital affairs, growing apart, and many other reasons. As the American people’s viewpoint on marriage has evolved over the past few decades, it may seem as if more people are getting divorced than at any time throughout the country’s history. There are a variety of reasons for this idea, including the facts that people are living longer, more people are cohabitating instead of getting married, and expectations of marriage have changed, especially in the last 40 to 50 years. 

What Do the Numbers Say?

The perception that more people are getting divorced now than ever before is not strictly the case if we look at the statistics on divorces per capita: 

  • In 1970, the divorce rate was 14.9 divorces and annulments per 1,000 married women. 
  • In 2015, the divorce rate was 16.9 divorces and annulments per 1,000 married women.

These two numbers are fairly similar, but in order to fully understand the history of the divorce rate, there is a middle number which needs to be examined.

  • In 1980, the divorce rate was 22.8 divorces and annulments per 1,000 married women.

These statistics highlight the fact that divorce rates are indeed higher than they were in 1970, but in almost every year since their peak in 1980, they have declined over the previous year’s statistics. 

Top Divorce Rates by State

Divorce rates for the country as a whole have declined overall, but the rates still vary greatly across the entire nation. Each state has an array of social and economic factors which are unique to that state and could influence divorce rates. Overall, Washington, D.C. had the highest divorce rate in 2015, with 29.9 divorces per 1,000 married women.

The top five highest divorce rates by actual states is as follows:

  • Wyoming - 27.9 per 1,000
  • Nevada - 25.7 per 1,000
  • Arkansas - 25.3 per 1,000
  • Alaska - 22.7 per 1,000
  • Oklahoma - 22.4 per 1,000

Contact an Experienced Kane County Divorce Lawyer

Illinois was ranked 43rd highest in divorce rates in 2015, with 14.7 divorces per 1,000 married women. However, even with this low ranking, there are a large number of divorces in Illinois, and it is important for those who are considering divorce to understand their rights, their legal requirements, and the processes that must be followed. While divorce can be a difficult experience, a skilled attorney can help make the process as smooth as possible.

If you are going through a divorce, you need a knowledgeable West Dundee divorce attorney who can provide the legal help you need during this turbulent time in your life. Contact the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC today at 847-428-7725 to schedule your initial consultation.

Source: https://www.bgsu.edu/ncfmr/resources/data/family-profiles/anderson-divorce-rate-us-geo-2015-fp-16-21.html

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