The divorce statistics most of us are bound to hear on television, social media, and while catching up on everyday gossip around the proverbial water cooler is that half of all marriages end in divorce. But with so many divorces taking place every single day, that can’t be the only divorce-related statistic out there. There are so many other key factors that play into the when, why, and how behind divorce.
Thankfully, Forbes recently came out with a lengthy list of 2023 divorce related statistics you may not know. Please click here to read the full article and their reputable sources, but below are a few statistics that our attorneys found to be the most noteworthy.
2023 divorce statistics you may not know
Did you know …
- While half of all marriages end in divorce, that statistic is generally only true with first marriages. Second and third marriages actually fail at a significantly higher rate than first divorces, with third marriages failing 73% of the time.
- The average length of most marriages that end in divorce is eight years.
- 64% of men and 52% of women remarry after their marriage has ended.
- Only 6% of divorced couples remarry each other.
- A total of 57% of couples who did not live together prior to getting married stayed together 20 years or more. Comparatively, 46% of those who did live together before getting married ultimately divorced.
- Lack of commitment is the No. 1 reason (75%) for divorce, per the National Library of Medicine. Roughly 60% of divorced couples cited infidelity as the reason for their divorce. Domestic abuse was only citied in 24% of cases.
- 66% of men and 74% of women think their partners should have worked harder to save the marriage.
- The United States has a higher divorce rate than most parts of the world.
- The divorce rate steadily decreases from 40% to 30% as income increases.
- Couples who get married before they are 32 experience lower divorce rates.
- 69% of divorces are initiated by women.
- The most expensive divorce on record was Bill and Melinda Gates for roughly $76 million.
Beyond the Forbes article, numerous studies conducted by law firms, universities, and various media outlets such as The New York Times have tracked divorce rates for years. This includes a 2016 study by the University of Washington that examined divorce filings over a 14-year span (2001 to 2015). In that study, there was consistent evidence of divorce proceedings beginning in January.
Granted, that same study also said there are noticeable spikes in cases during different times of the year, including March through August. But it is believed the process for many of those cases started a few months earlier — in January.
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