15 alarming facts about divorce in the US that will shock you
- Divorce rates may be dropping, but the ending of a marriage is still a stark, and oftentimes depressing, reality for many Americans.
- However, when it comes to knowledge about divorce in the US, many commonly-known "facts" are actually fiction.
- The average age people are most likely to be divorced at, the current divorce rate - which isn't 50%, by the way - and how divorce really affects children may surprise you.
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When it comes to divorce statistics, there are a lot of myths out there.
You might have heard that half of all marriages end in divorce, but that divorce "fact" is actually fiction.
We rounded up the most shocking facts about divorce backed up by research, including the most common age for people to get divorced, the current divorce rate, and how unhappy marriages and divorces actually affect children.
Here are 15 alarming facts about divorce in the US that will shock you.
In 2018, there were more than 782,038 divorces and annulments in the United States.
However, although the divorce rate is dropping, 39% of marriages will still end in divorce.
A study showed that if one partner is a heavy drinker and the other isn't, these couples were more likely to break up than if both partners had the same drinking habits.
About half of all mothers who have custody of their children have child support agreements, compared to roughly 30% of custodial fathers.
Among parents who have child support agreements, less than half actually receive the full amount of support they're entitled to.
According to a recent Census survey, about half of all black children in the US lived in single-parent households where their primary caregiver had full or partial custody.
A study shows that young women who lacked the presence of their father experienced less educational prospects and weakened physical health than young women who had intact families.
Children whose parents fought a lot but stayed together are more likely to divorce than children whose parents divorced.
The average age for people going through a divorce for the first time is 30 years old.
However, while 30 is the average age, the divorce rate for people over 50 has doubled since 1990.
Black women between the ages of 50 and 59 have been identified as the group most likely to get divorced.
Divorced or widowed men are more likely to remarry than divorced or widowed women.
Divorces peak during the spring and summer.
Social media is playing an increasingly prevalent role in divorces.
A majority of Americans believe that divorce is preferable to staying in an unhappy marriage.
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