Divorce – Just Another Statistic?

By Staff Attorney
The Gasper Law Group, PLLC

You’ve no doubt heard that 50% of all marriages end in divorce.  That statistic in and of itself is discouraging.  However, it is true or just a myth?  Is this divorce in general, or does this consider the age in which couples get married?  Does it relate to a specific time in our history, say when the financial crash of 2008 occurred or does it coincide with the education levels of the married couple?

There have been several studies that try to quantify divorce rates and answer some of the questions above regarding divorce.  According to the American Psychological Association (http://www.apa.org/topics/divorce/) 40 to 50 % of all marriages in the United States end in divorce and the rate is even higher for subsequent marriages.

Claire Cain Miller is a correspondent for The New York Times, where she writes about gender, families and the future of work for The Upshot, a Times site for analysis of policy and economics.  https://www.nytimes.com/by/claire-cain-miller   Her analysis has reported that “the divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining since then.”  In fact, she writes, “if current marriage and divorce rate continues, only about one-third of American marriages will end in divorce.”  This is certainly encouraging.

However, the rates are much higher for some groups over others.  Nathan Yau (http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~nyau/) has compiled some statistics that reveal the diversity of divorce rates based on things like age, race, and education levels.  For example, High School or less educated males will have a 39% chance of being divorced or married more than once in their lifetime, whereas, a male with a Bachelor’s degree will only have a 28% chance of being divorced or married more than once over the same lifetime.

White males over their lifetime will have a 36% chance of divorce versus Black males up at 42%.  Whereas the divorce rate for Asian males is down at 16% for their lifetime.

All the above put aside, if you are facing divorce, your statistical probability may be up at the 100% level and you will need guidance through the process.  We can all agree that when we decided to marry, the divorce rate and statistics did not enter our minds.  We all felt that our marriage would be for “better and for worse” and “till death do us part”.  However, reality sometimes creeps in and we are faced with being a part of that statistic which is part of divorce in the United States.  The Gasper Law Group provides Coloradans with quality, aggressive and passionate representation to help if you are faced with divorce.