4 Surprising Facts & Stats About Divorce

In light of our last blog that dispelled some common divorce myths, now is a good time to point out some interesting facts and statistics about divorce trends in the U.S. While the info presented below may be surprising, when you need effective representation in your Arizona divorce, it’s time to contact our trusted Scottsdale divorce attorney.

Are You Surprised by Any of These Divorce Facts?

  1. Over the last 40 years, the overall divorce rate in the U.S. has dropped – Specifically, researchers have discovered that divorce filings in the U.S. have declined by about 24 percent since 1974. Some experts have speculated that this could due to the facts that less people are getting married and that data collection processes have evolved (and may, consequently, be more accurately collecting and reporting this data).
  2. About 2 in every 3 divorce cases in the U.S. are filed by women – In other words, females file about 67 percent of all divorce petitions filed in the nation. Given that divorce filings in the U.S. have been on the decline over the past couple of decades, some researchers have speculated that women’s changing expectations about marriage – as well as the increase in the number of working mothers in the American workforce – may be two factors related to this trend.
  3. Divorce rates have been increasing among couples older than 50 – In fact, divorce among people who are 50 and older (or “gray divorce” as it’s often called) has been steadily increasing in recent years. According to a 2011 study, about 1 in every 4 people over 50 had reported going through a divorce within the past 12 months.
  4. Changing attitudes about relationships and marriage may be impacting divorce trends – In particular, some researchers have suggested that increased cohabitation before marriage, as well as people’s reluctance to jump into marriage (by, for instance, foregoing the shotgun wedding) have also contributed to decline in divorce rates in the U.S.

Scottsdale Divorce Attorney at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau

Are you ready to proceed with divorce? Or do you need help resolving other family legal issues? If so, you can rely on Scottsdale Divorce Attorney Karen Schoenau for honest answers and the best possible outcomes to your case. Since 1987, Karen Schoenau has been committed to protecting people’s rights and interests in their divorce, custody, paternity, and other family law cases. This means that she has the skills, knowledge, and insight you can rely on to help you obtain the best possible outcome to your case.

To receive professional advice and learn more about how we can help you, schedule an initial consultation with Attorney Karen Schoenau at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau. You can set up this meeting by calling 480-467-3435 or by emailing us using the drop-down contact form at the top of this page.

From her offices based in Scottsdale, Attorney Karen Schoenau represents clients throughout the metropolitan Scottsdale area, including Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, Maricopa County, Pinal County, Gila County and throughout the state of Arizona.