Divorce rates are rising all around the world, and relationship specialists warn that the pandemic-induced break-up curve may not have reached its apex yet. Worklife is running our greatest, most insightful, and most important articles from 2020 as we enter 2021.
Experts say that even though divorce rates have risen in recent years, they could still be on the decline after another troubling year.
In America, the divorce rate rose to a nearly 50-year high in 2019. There were more than 1 million divorces filed across the country, which was an increase of 13 percent from the previous year.
While divorce rates have always been higher among women than men, they are now increasing at a far greater rate for women than for men. This divergence has never been seen before, and it's having an unprecedented impact on family law.
The number of marriages that ended in divorce increased by about 10 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That amounts to about half a million more marriages ending in divorce each year.
There are several factors behind this rise. For one thing, unemployment rates are high, so people are staying in unhappy marriages longer. Also, fewer couples are seeking help through counseling or mediation, which means that there are more difficult disputes when problems do arise.
As far as we know, experts have yet to estimate divorce risk based on years of marriage because there are so many other factors that might lead to a breakup. However, isolated research can provide us with a sense of how likely your marriage is to terminate in any particular year. Here's what we know thus far.
In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers examined data on more than 2 million people from four different countries: the United States, Sweden, England and Australia. They found that the divorce rate increases with age for men and women alike. For example, among American men aged 30 to 39, the divorce rate is high—about 50 percent. But by age 40, nearly all of these men are still married (98 percent). Among women of the same age, the divorce rate is also high—about 55 percent. But by age 40, almost all of these women are still married too (96 percent).
These findings suggest that if you are young when you marry, you should plan on staying married for quite some time. If you are old when you marry, you should probably expect your marriage to end sooner rather than later.
What has been the evolution of the divorce rate over the last 150 years? By the turn of the century, the yearly divorce rate had risen to 0.9 divorces for every 1,000 persons. During the Roaring '20s, the divorce rate increased to 1.7 divorces for every 1,000 Americans. Throughout...
The divorce rate has fluctuated since its inception, but it has generally been on the rise until recently. The increase is largely due to rising numbers of marriages that are expected to end in divorce. In 1970, only 50% of marriages ended in divorce. By 2000, this number had increased to 65%. Currently, 70% of marriages will end in divorce.
There are several factors that may be leading to more marriages ending in divorce. One reason could be the increasing number of couples who want to have a family but can't have children. These couples may feel that divorce is their only option if they want to have a lasting marriage.
Another factor contributing to the rise in divorce rates is the growing age gap between married couples. In 1950, half of all marriages lasted less than 10 years because most couples didn't think through the implications of marrying someone else after they lost track of who they were marrying in the first place. Today, nearly one third of marriages fall into this category. As long-lasting marriages become less common, so too do happy endings.