Divorce Statistics By JWGLAWYER on January 23, 2019

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Most people have heard that half of all married couples will eventually need the services of a divorce attorney. But is that actually true? Data actually shows that divorce rates in the United States are lower in recent years than they have been for quite some time.

Divorce statistics provided by the CDC give our East Brunswick, NJ clients a clearer picture of just how common divorce is among married couples in the United States.

National Divorce Rates

The CDC has released national marriage and divorce rates through the year 2016. These rates represent data collected by 44 states, plus Washington DC.

The numbers reported by the CDC show that the national divorce rate for 2016 was 3.2 for every 1,000 of the population. This was just slightly higher than the national divorce rate in 2015, which was 3.1 for every 1,000 of the population (a ten-year low).

However, the 2016 divorce rate was still significantly lower than it was between the years of 2000 and 2003, when the divorce rate sat at, or very close, to 4.0 divorces per 1,000 people.

This downward trend in divorce rates is promising, but it doesn’t quite tell the whole story. While divorce rates are declining, so are marriage rates. In the year 2000, when the divorce rate was 4.0 for every 1,000, the marriage rate was 8.2 for every 1,000. Compare to 2016 when the divorce rate was at 3.2, and the national marriage rate was down to 6.9 for every 1,000 of the total population.

These numbers show that the divorce rate isn’t quite at 50 percent, but it isn’t too far off. Based on the marriage rate of 8.2 and divorce rate of 4.0 in 2000, roughly 49 percent of married couples went through a divorce during that year.

In 2016, the 3.2 divorce rate accounted for around 46 percent of the 6.9 for every 1,000 of the population that were married that year. So, while divorce rates have dropped recently, they have not dropped quite as much as the 4.0 vs. 3.2 comparison alone may suggest.

New Jersey Divorce Rates

In addition to national data, the CDC shows marriage and divorce figures collected by each reporting state through the year 2017. So how do the divorce rates in New Jersey compare to those across the nation?

In 2017, the marriage rate in New Jersey was 5.5 for every 1,000 of the population. That same year, the New Jersey divorce rate was 2.6 for every 1,000. This calculates to divorces among roughly 47 percent of the married population in New Jersey, which is just slightly higher than the national divorce rate in 2016.

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If you are considering a divorce and you’d like to learn more about the family law services offered by attorney Jeffrey W. Goldblatt, contact us at your earliest convenience. You can schedule a personal consultation by calling (732) 238-8700.

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