Divorce is incredibly common no matter where you go in the world. That said, the U.S. divorce rate is noticeably higher than practically anywhere else — 2.5 per 1,000 marriages in the U.S. vs. 1.8 per 1,000 marriages worldwide. With so many American couples choosing to end their marriages, it’s only natural to wonder why this is the case.
No two divorces are the same, and everyone approaches their situation differently. But knowing why divorce is so common in the U.S. could help you and your partner overcome conflict, avoid the same pitfalls as others, and, more importantly, stay together.
6 Reasons Why the U.S. Divorce Rate Is Higher
1. It’s not necessary to prove fault
Many states in the United States have made it relatively easy to prove acceptable grounds for divorce, so much so that every state allows some version of no-fault divorces. No-fault grounds for divorce simply mean that neither spouse has to prove that the other spouse did something wrong (adultery, abandonment, crime, etc.) to cause the breakup. You’re simply stating that you can’t get along, and there’s no hope for a reconciliation. Therefore, there’s little standing in the way of you and your spouse deciding to call it quits.
2. Financial insecurity
Financial problems are one of the biggest reasons couples divorce. These insecurities take many forms, including a lack of household stability (only one person works), financial resentment, one spouse working too much, inability to pay bills, and more. Several recent studies suggest that the divorce rate in the U.S. steadily decreases as income increases, which means divorce rates are higher among couples below the poverty line.
3. Women have options
Gone are the days when women were dependent on their spouses and didn’t have protections in place to safeguard them if they wanted to leave an unsatisfying or abusive relationship.
4. Divorce is more acceptable
There was a time when your parents and grandparents were growing up, when divorcing couples were looked down upon. It was a taboo topic, so much so that you were expected to stay together — even if there were major problems in the marriage. These days, that’s not the case. The social stigma isn’t anywhere near where it used to be, prompting many couples to leave the relationship sooner rather than later.
5. Having friends who are divorced
Couples with divorced friends are 75% more likely to see their own marriage end.
6. Impulsive marriages
Many divorcing couples have gone on record that perhaps they got married too quickly. As a result, they didn’t fully know the person they were marrying, could not handle problems that arose throughout the relationship, and didn’t fully understand the commitment involved in marriage.
Deciding to divorce isn’t easy
Regardless of how high the U.S. divorce rate is, that doesn’t change the fact that deciding to divorce is a major life decision that can bring with it an incredible amount of emotional turmoil and change for you and your family. The attorneys at Christman Daniell Attorneys, have a unique and refreshing approach to the often turbulent and emotionally stressful disputes arising in the context of divorce, child custody, and other family law cases. Our law firm anchors its representation and legal advice in principles and philosophies that focus on the long-term best interests of children and families. Although it is not easy, our attorneys are committed to supporting and guiding clients through the dark days of marital crisis.
The details of your divorce proceedings may not be clearly defined until we can sit down, dive into your unique situation, and determine the best course of action moving forward.
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