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Interpreting the Divorce Rate: American Divorce Statistics

Many studies in recent years have shown significant increases in American divorce rates, claiming that as many as 50% of all marriages end up in divorce. This claim originated from a 1980 census report. However, according to data published earlier this year from the National Survey of Family Growth, divorces hit their peak in the United States in 1980, when the divorce rate was about 40%. Since that time, the divorce rate has not increased at all; in fact, the divorce rate has decreased over the last 37 years.

This research shows that for first marriages that occurred between 2006 and 2010, the probability of the marriage lasting ten years was 68% for women and 70% for men. The probability of the marriage lasting 20 years was 52% for women and 56% for men, which still does not translate into half of all marriages ending in divorce. In fact, other estimates show that 75% of the couples who married in the 1990s would stay together at least 15 years, as opposed to 65% for those couples who married in the 1980s. If this trend continues in the future, then the vast majority of married couples will not divorce.

The bottom line is that no matter how accurate a set of statistics may be, the numbers do not always apply to a specific marriage. The decision to divorce is very personal and involves many different factors, including education, income level, and location. These factors and several other factors may have an impact on an individual couple’s decision to divorce.

Divorces and the myriad of issues that they involve require legal advice from an experienced divorce attorney who knows the law and know how to help you. Contact the Law Offices of Vincent W. Davis & Associates today and let us show you how we can assist you with your California divorce case. Our attorneys focus their practice primarily on divorce and family law, no matter how complicated your case may be. We can answer your questions, calm your concerns, and help guide you through the often complex process of divorce and family law proceedings.