You may have heard statistics that say that about half of all marriages end in divorce. The reality is, this is a difficult statistic to determine because there are so many factors that play in to the reasons couples decide to end their marriage. Marriages begin and end for so many different reasons and because of this, it makes it hard to draw parallels and come up with solid statistics. While studies show that in the 1980’s the divorce rate was at about 40%, current studies suggest that the divorce rate has actually been on the decline since then. That being said, divorce is still a common part of culture in the United States. Divorce lawyers are aware of many reasons that lead to divorce. Here are a few of them.
- Age- Statistics suggest that those who get married before the age of 25 are more likely to get divorced. This is often because young people are still changing and developing as people before age 25 and may not be as equipped to deal with the pressures of marriage. Following this age, people are generally more self aware and informed about their decisions. While this certainly is not the case for every young couple and there are indeed young marriages that last, studies also suggest that the best time to get married, statistically speaking, is between ages 28 and 32.
- Education level- Again, while this is not a perfect science by any means, divorce attorneys have seen that couples with college educations are less likely to get divorced by a margin of about 10 percent.
- Children- Probably the most obvious on the list, couples who have children are less likely to get divorced. This is most likely because they worry about the way divorce will affect their children. The phrase “staying together for the kids” is one that applies well here because statistics also show that couples tend be less happy in their overall marriage after having children.
- Religion- In some religions, pressure to stay married is high. While this may prolong marriages or make couples more likely to seek counseling, it does not mean that religious marriages do not end in divorce. A recent survey of divorce couples actually showed that nearly 75% identified as Christians.
- Mental health- Studies show that mental health issues are also associated with divorce rates. This includes addictions like drugs or alcohol, both of which have been often cited as reasons marriages break up. The stress put on a couple by addiction is often difficult to overcome and move past.
- Family history- Couples with parents or grandparents who have divorced are also more likely to get divorced because it has likely played a part in their lives and they have experience with the process. An interesting note, however, is that children of divorce are less likely to get married overall, because they lack what they consider to be marriage role models in their own family.
If you are curious about whether or not the reasons for your divorce are common, ask your lawyer at Pollart Miller Family Law for a little more information about what they see on a day to day basis.