4 Fascinating Divorce Trends in the U.S.

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Do you think that half of all marriages end in divorce? Well, that’s simply not true anymore, a Scottsdale divorce lawyer explains. Here’s a look at some current divorce trends in the U.S.

Do you think that half of all marriages end in divorce? These days, that statistic is no longer valid, as divorce trends in the U.S. have significantly evolved over the past few decades, changing what many people thought they knew – or assumed – about divorce.

Below, we will point out and discuss some fascinating facts about current divorce trends in the U.S. For experienced representation in an Arizona divorce case, however, contact a Scottsdale divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau.

Intriguing Trends About Divorce Rates in the U.S.
  1. Less people are getting married these days – And, instead, more people are choosing to live together. This, in part, has been due to changing attitudes about marriage and cohabitation, as fewer people (across all socio-economic classes) are as tied to the notion of marriage.

    As a result, divorce rates in the U.S. have been on the decline in recent decades. In fact, some researchers have predicted that, if current divorce trends in the U.S. continue, within a decade or two, the divorce rate in the U.S. may be about 33 percent (or, in other words, about 2 in 3 marriages will stay intact).

  2. Those who do get married are doing it later in life – And this has also contributed to lower divorce rates in the U.S., as couples that marry later in life tend to be more financially stable, decreasing the chances they will divorce later.
  3. Women file for divorce far more often than men do – About 67 percent (or 2 in 3) of all U.S. divorce filings are initiated by women. While some have speculated that this is because women are just generally less happy in marriage, others have pointed to the growth of women’s economic independence, noting that women who are more financially stable may see less reason to stay in rocky or bad marriages.
  4. Although general divorce rates are declining, divorce rates among those 50+ are climbing – In fact, while about 10 percent of all U.S. divorce filings were for couples 50 or older about 20 years ago, over the past 5 or so years, about 25 percent of all U.S. divorce filings were for more mature couples. This growth in the so-called grey divorce has been attributed to many factors, only some of which include longer lifespans and changing social views about marriage and divorce.

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Contact a Scottsdale Divorce Lawyer at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau

Are you ready to proceed with a divorce? If so, you can rely on Scottsdale Divorce Lawyer Karen Schoenau for honest answers, effective representation and the best possible outcomes to your case. Since 1987, Karen Schoenau has been committed to helping people resolve their important family law matters, including complex cases related to divorce, custody, paternity and other issues.

To receive professional advice and learn more about how we can help you, schedule an initial consultation with Attorney Karen Schoenau. You can set up this meeting by calling 480-209-1918 or by emailing us using the drop-down contact form at the top of this page.

From her offices based on Scottsdale, Attorney Karen Schoenau represents clients throughout the metropolitan Scottsdale area, including in Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, Maricopa County, Pinal County, Gila County and throughout the state of Arizona.

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