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Kane County divorce attorneyIf you have heard it once, you have heard it a thousand times. “Half of all marriages end in divorce.” The idea has been repeated so many times over the last several decades that it is come common “knowledge.” The main problem is that it simply is not true. In addition, many experts believe that it never really was.

Oversimplifying Complex Numbers

It is difficult to know for sure exactly when and where the 50 percent myth originated but many sociologists point to the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) managed by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2000 and 2001, for instance, the NVSS compiled data that found that there were 8.2 marriages per 1,000 people in the United States to be 8.2 marriages. During the same two years, the NVSS reported 4.0 divorces per 1,000 people. A quick estimate confirmed that the divorce rate was half of the marriage rate, so the half of all marriages must end in divorce, right? Well, not exactly.

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Kane County divorce attorneyThere are countless factors that can lead to trouble in a marriage. Some may be dangerous or destructive behavior on the part of either spouse, such as cheating, drug or alcohol problems, or mental or physical abuse. Others, however, may be just as important but beyond the control of either spouse, as factors like age, race, and religious differences can also affect marital stability, ultimately leading to divorce.

An example may be found in the recent announcement by model Shannon de Lima and singer Marc Anthony that their two-year marriage is coming to an end. This did not come as a surprise to many as the couple has had a rocky marriage. Some have even suspected that divorce was on the horizon for the couple after an on-stage kiss between Anthony and his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez a month ago. 

Age Difference and Divorce

divorce rate, Kane County divorce lawyerIn today’s American society, everyone “knows” that half of all marriages end in divorce. We have been hearing it for years, so it must be true. The divorce rate in the United States is probably around 50 percent, then, right? Wrong. Sociologists and relationship experts from across the country are increasingly challenging the notion of a national 50 percent divorce rate, and on closer inspection, they have some pretty convincing arguments.

Misleading Numbers

At first glance, it would seem like statistics from the federal government support the idea that half of American marriages are doomed to fail. For 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the rate of marriage to be 6.9 marriages per 1,000 U.S. residents. The CDC also reported, for the same year, that there were 3.2 divorces per 1,000 residents, just under half of the rate of marriage.

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worst jobs, divorce rate, Illinois divorce lawyerThere are, obviously, countless factors that can affect a couple’s happiness and ability to weather the difficulties of marriage. Sociology experts, however, always seem to be trying to identify trends and specific elements that impact the likelihood of divorce. Such trends may not affect every couple who fits within a particular set of a criteria, but, by the nature, they do help provide some issues of which couples should be aware if they are looking to avoid becoming a statistic, so to speak.

According to Census data compiled in 2010 by the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, certain jobs and occupations place an individual at a much high risk for divorce than others. When the information was collected, roughly 16 percent of people across all occupations reported being divorced or separated. By comparison, those in particular jobs are several times more likely to get divorce, including:

Casino Worker: What do you get when you combine non-stop operation, irregular hours, and holiday work, with fairly low salaries and a party atmosphere of alcohol and gambling? For some, the answer is divorce. Gambling services workers, including dealers, pit bosses, and cage workers, have a divorce rate of over 31 percent.

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Marriage and divorce are, obviously, very complicated and personal matters. They are impacted by countless factors and contributions not only from each partner, but from children, extended families, and, to an extent, the environment in which they exist. While relationships, obviously, are affected little by arbitrary lines on a map, analyzing marriage and divorce across the United States shows some very interesting results.

Based on information collected in the American Community Survey, an ongoing social data project run by the U.S. Census Bureau, researchers have determined that residents of some states are more likely to be divorced than residents of others. According to the survey, approximately 48 percent of all Americans over age 15 are married, and about 11 percent are divorced. On a state-by-state basis, however, the numbers varied quite a bit.

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