Divorce Counseling - Statistics That May Surprise You

No-fault divorce, which came to prominence in the United States in the mid-1970’s was a hallmark legal breakthrough for women. Before that time, women had to actually sue their husbands (and often go to trial over the matter) in order to be granted a divorce. The no-fault divorce system allowed women more freedom to get out of bad marriages, and as a consequence likely saved the lives of thousands.

Flash forward almost 40 years later. Our legal system still features no-fault divorce, and it is still a boon to women, but there has been an unexpected and undesired side effect: even with greater access to divorce counseling, people now end their marriages at an alarmingly high rate. Has this occurred because no-fault divorce has made it too easy to split up? That fact remains to be seen, but one need only to read the statistics below to understand how far divorce has reached into our society.

Divorce Statistics and Observations (in the United States as of 2002)

  • Percentage of the population that is married = 59% (was 72% in 1970)
  • Percentage of the population that is divorced = 10% (was 6% in 1980)
  • Divorce rate for first marriages = 41% (some studies have this number as low as 33% or as high as 50%)
  • Divorce rate for second marriages = 60%
  • Divorce rate for third marriages = 73% (It is interesting to note the significant jump in divorce rate for the third marriage.

Obviously, those who have been married multiple times place a lower value on the institution. For them, marriage may be an important event, but it is certainly not “forever”).

Many social researchers believe that not having a child is a common cause for divorce. The numbers bear out this theory: over 66% of all divorced couples do not have children.

Young people who get married are in for a difficult ride: almost 50% of those who get married before the age of 18 end up divorced (that number is 40% for those age 20 or younger)

Those with an annual household income of more than $50,000 are much less likely to get a divorce than those with lower HHI.
Those individuals whose parents are still married, or stayed married until one of them died, are much less likely to get divorced than the children of divorced parents.

Those with college degrees or higher are much less likely to get divorced than those individuals who only completed high school, or did not complete high school.

Moonview Sanctuary helps couples through the hardest times. Through caring and supportive counseling Moonview opens up the lines of communications between couples, and works closely with them to discover common ground. And if divorce is the end result, Moonview helps couples do so in a manner that protects the emotional health of everyone involved to avoid childhood trauma. Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about their Overcoming Personal Crisis programs.

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