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How many marriages actually end in divorce?

| Mar 16, 2020 | Divorce |

The common notion for quite some time now is that about 50% of all marriages don’t last. But is that really a true picture of marriage and divorce? Divorce rates — including those in New Jersey — peaked in the 1970s and ’80s, but recent statistics show that more couples are staying married and the divorce rate hovers at around 40%, and some experts believe it’s because more people are waiting to get married and are being more mindful when choosing their life mates. 

Since people are waiting until they’re older to marry, about 70% of couples who tied the knot in the 1990s are still going strong. Many other couples are choosing not to marry at all and live together in domestic partnerships instead. Social standards have changed over the decades and there are many more single parents as well. However, stats also show that second and third marriages are more apt to end in divorce than first ones.

The most recent census shows that the United States has the 6th highest divorce rate in the world with wives filing for divorce more than husbands. Some 60% of all divorces involve people who are between the ages of 25 and 39. Some of the reasons cited for divorce include infidelity, finances, lack of communication, lack of intimacy, and physical or emotional abuse. 

Whatever the reasons are for divorce, a New Jersey divorce attorney can help a client through the often complex and confusing process. As long as there are marriages, there will be divorces. People’s life circumstances change and a lawyer is likely the best person from whom to seek advice when making the decision to end a marriage.

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