Divorce Statistics In America

Divorce Statistics in America can slice and dice the divorce issue in thousands of ways, by age, by first or second marriage, length of marriage, average amount of time to remarry, who defaults on child support, divorce rate by state, age at first cohabitation, and who knows how many other standards researchers and statisticians have wondered about. 

Divorce Statistics

So why are we so interested in divorce rates in America? 

Perhaps it has to do with the religious and legal and even mythological (Princess and Prince Charming?) beliefs we bring to the marriage concept. 

Numbers perhaps can give us some sense of the commonalities to each divorce, because each divorce is a break-up of two very unique individuals, who brought their own expectations to the marriage.

Who Has the Best Divorce Statistics In America?

I think it is the CDC, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. If you visit that website, prepare to be overwhelmed...the data is deep and comprehensive, to this untrained eye anyway.  The overall divorce statistics in America numbers appear in several places so be prepared to hunt, and apparently, budgetary constraints  have impacted the actual collection of data for awhile.  However, there are very interesting portraits of divorce over time.

There are divorce statistics by state, marriage statistics by state, and national marriage and divorce trends by state at this link

Other Sources of Divorce Statistics In America

"The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), conducted by NCHS, collected detailed data on cohabitation, marriage, divorce and remarriage.  These data were published in Series 23, Number 22, "Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the United States" and in National Health Statistics Report, Number 49, "First Marriages in the United States: Data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth".

The U.S. Census Bureau is another Federal source of marriage and divorce statistics. Census data are survey-based rather than records-based and cover many aspects of marriage and divorce patterns in the United States"

Please notice that the above abstract, which you can find at the link just below, wanted to show the impact of cohabitation on the life of a relationship, which is another interesting aspect of divorce rates in America.

Not Your Usual Divorce Statistics in America

As my daughter would say, "Just Wow."

There is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds.  Seems like there should be more divorce lawyers.

That's nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year.

The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years. Wonder if that includes years spent cohabitating?

People wait an average of three years after a divorce to remarry (if they remarry at all).

The average age for couples going through their first divorce is 30 years old.  I was 64, so I guess I am once again an outlier.

Seventy-nine point six percent of custodial mothers receive a support award, while only 29.6 percent of custodial fathers receive a support award.  Wonder how many divorces there are where neither gets support?

Forty-six point nine percent of non-custodial mothers totally default on support, while only 26.9 percent of non-custodial fathers totally default on support.  Not what the T.V shows featuring dead beat Dads would have you believe.

About 1 percent of the total number of currently married same-sex couples gets divorced each year, in comparison to about 2 percent of married straight couples.

And there you have it, information on divorce rates in America.

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