Divorce has become a common threat to married couples. It refers to separation between two people who have entered into a contract of marriage, making it void. It is a dissolution of marriage that has to be uphold by the court of law. Divorce statistics and trend may seem to be that it is going up and is on the rise. Here are some of the more telling statistics about divorce that people should know about.
Top Reasons for Divorce
Couples cite various reasons why they are separating and dissolving their marriage. One of the top reasons for divorce is infidelity. Breaching the trust of a partner through unfaithfulness is what most couples cite as a reason for their divorce.
Others say that poor communication between them as a reason why they cannot live together anymore as husband and wife.
Some cite lack of commitment or failed expectations for their divorce. Other couples may allude it to problems (mostly sexual in nature) that may seem to have not resolve in between them.
US Divorce Statistics
In the US, the divorce rate has actually gone down, the lowest since the 1970’s. As of 2005, the divorce rate in the US has gone down to 3.6 per 1000 people, down from 4.2 in 2000 and 4.7 in the 1990’s. It may be a hopeful sign that couples are deciding to stay together more. But this statistic may not tell the whole story in itself.
For one, marriages in 2005 has gone down to 2,230,000, from 2,279,000 the previous year. This is a stark contrast to the increase in population of over 2.9 million over the same period. The marriage rate in 2005 has also gone down to 7.5 per 1000 people, down from 7.8 the previous year. The percentage of married couples in the population has also gone down in 2005, with 59 percent of the population belonging to the married group. This is down from 62 percent in the 1990 and 72 percent in the 1970’s.
The state with the highest divorce rate in 2005 was Nevada at 6.4 per 1000 of the population. It was followed by Arkansas at 6.3 and Wyoming at 5.3 per 1000 of the population. The state with the lowest divorce rate in 2005 was District of Columbia with 1.7 divorces per 1000 of the population.
In addition to this, 2002 statistics show that there were 5.5 million unmarried couples living together during the said year, with 89 percent made up of male and female unions. Median age for divorcing males stands at 26.9 while it is 25.3 for females. This statistic is for those who have undergone their first divorce.