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Divorce can feel like an isolating process, especially if you were raised by parents who remained married your entire life. However, it’s important to realize that divorce isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Divorce is incredibly common in the United States, and several factors may cause it. Here are some statistics about divorce in the United States.

 

Divorce AND Marriage Rates Are Decreasing

It’s true; fewer Americans are getting married than ever before, leading to a drastic decrease in divorce rates. This is largely because millennials who have gotten married wait until they find a stable partnership, giving them higher chances for success. If you feel like you’re the only one of your friends who is going through a divorce, make sure your sample size of married couples is large enough to compare.

 

Age Is A Factor

Naturally, age is a huge contributor to the “who, what, where, and why” of who is getting divorced. For example, you’re more likely to go through your first divorce after 30. The average age for divorcees is 25-39, and wives are usually the first to file in heterosexual marriages. 

 

Same-Sex Marriages And Divorce

Only approximately 1% of same-sex couples file for divorce every year, which is half of their heterosexual counterparts. Similarly, lesbian marriages are more likely to end than those of gay men. These rates are likely to fluctuate as same-sex marriage becomes more common since it just became federally legal in 2015. In states like Oklahoma, it may take longer to see these results, due to political connotations.

 

Divorce IS Common

Approximately every 13 seconds, someone in America gets divorced, meaning an estimated 6,646 people per day get divorced. About 15% of women are divorced in the United States, and remember, they’re more likely to file in heterosexual partnerships. If a first marriage is to end, it likely lasts roughly 8 years before a divorce occurs.

 

You are not alone if you are going through your first, second, or even third divorce. The number of times a person gets divorced does not equal their worth. Things happen; people separate because of finances, career changes, inequalities regarding wanting children, infidelity, and countless other factors. Divorce lawyers can help make the process easier and less stressful. Be sure to call Self Legal Group at (405) 378-2000 so that we can assist you during your divorce.