People are always in a hurry these days, which includes falling in love and getting married. Although Utah has one of the lowest divorce rates in the United States, it’s still above the national average of 40% to 50% for first marriages, coming in at 58%. If you’re separated, here are some statistics and information about divorce you should know.
Divorce Rates and Number of Marriages
It probably seems obvious to most people, but the more often people are married, the higher their divorce rate. In the US, 40% to 50% of first-time marriages will end in divorce. The divorce rate jumps to 60% for second marriages and to 73% for third marriages. It is important to be represented by a lawyer who specializes in divorce, such as an Avenues divorce and family law attorney Coil Law , if you’re going through one.
First-time marriages which end in divorce last an average of eight years and the first failed marriage often influences the breakdown of a second marriage. In addition, a study shows couples who lived together prior to getting married are 40% more likely to get a divorce. The average age of people going through a divorce from their first-marriage is 30 years old.
Are You Likely to Get Divorced?
People whose parents were happily married are 14% less likely to get a divorce themselves. The younger you marry, the more likely you’ll divorce because statistics show the divorce rate falls by 24% among those who didn’t get married until they were 25. In addition, if you are college educated, then your chances of divorcing falls by 13%.
Although Republicans claim to be the political party of family values, the divorce rate is higher for people who live in “red” states where more people vote for GOP candidates, than in “blue” or predominantly Democratic states. In addition, the highest rates of divorce among religious groups is among Baptists at 29%, while atheists or agnostics have the lowest rate at 21%.
Children and Divorce Statistics
Couples who have children get divorced 40% less often than couples who don’t have kids. Statistics show half of all children will see their parent’s break-up and divorce, while half of them will also experience one of their parents’ second marriages fail. Divorce is difficult economically on children and their parents as well.
When couples who have children divorce, 75% of those kids go to live with their mothers. In addition, 28% of children living with a divorced parent are living below the poverty line. 43% of children with divorced parents are growing up with absentee fathers and growing up without a parent can influence a child’s success later in their lives.
Divorce can be difficult on every member of the family and some people prefer to stay single rather than move on and get married again. In fact, statistics show men’s chances of heart attacks and depression double after a divorce. However, sometimes divorce is necessary and you should retain a good divorce lawyer to represent you.