Divorce rates in America

Posted by Lauren S. CohenNov 30, 20160 Comments

What is the divorce rate like here in the United States? Recent statistics indicate it is hitting the lowest levels the country has seen in some time.

The statistics are from Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family & Marriage Research. They regard the divorce rate in 2015. They indicate that, that year, the nation's divorce rate was 16.9 for every 1,000 people. The U.S. divorce rate hasn't been this low since 1980.

Of course, there is a fair amount of variation in divorce rate among the different parts of the country. The place with the lowest rate in the country is Hawaii, with a rate of 11.1 per 1,000. Meanwhile, the highest rate was from Washington D.C., coming in at 29.9 per 1,000 people.

Where does New York state fall in the U.S. divorce rate spectrum? Well, the 2015 divorce rate for the state was 14.8 per 1,000 people, according to the recent statistics. This is well below the national rate, and gives the state the 11th lowest rate in the nation. What factors do you think contribute to New York being on the lower end when it comes to divorce rate?

Divorce rate is not the only divorce-related thing that varies from state to state. So too do the rules and processes for important divorce issues, like alimony, property division, child custody and child support. This is because, here in the U.S., divorce law is state-based. So, when a person is getting divorced here in New York, it can be critical for them to have guidance that accounts for the particulars of New York divorce law. This is why consulting with a skilled New York divorce attorney can be such an important step when getting divorced in the state.

Source: New York Post, “New Jersey has fourth lowest divorce rate in US,” Natalie O'Neill, Nov. 19, 2016