top divorce statistics and facts in US

What is the current divorce rate in the USA?

The divorce rate in the US is 2.9 per 1,000 population reporting from 45 states and the DC.

If you are curious about the divorce statistics in the US, then look no further.

We vetted, categorized, and updated tons of information to bring you the latest divorce statistics in 2020.

In this article, you will find information:

  • United States Divorce Statistics
  • States in the United States with the highest and lowest divorce rate
  • Social Media and Impact on Divorce Statistics
  • Most expensive celebrity divorce statistics with the highest settlements
  • Shortest marriage in history and also shortest celebrity marriages

United States Divorce Statistics 2020

  • Number of divorces: 782,038. (source)
  • 39% of marriages in the US ends in divorce (source)
  • Millennials are staying more in marriage which may be one of the reasons the divorce rate in the US has been on the downward trend (Source)
  • Less people are getting married over the last 10 years and therefore less people are getting divorced.
  • 42-45% percent of first marriages end in divorce.
  • 60% of second marriages end in divorce.
  • 73% of third marriages end in divorce.
  • Currently 22% of women and 21% of men have ever been divorced in their lives (divorced once or more) and 11% of women and 9% of men are currently divorced (not remarried)
  • 79.2% of men are likely to divorce while 66.6% of women are likely to get divorce at least once between the age of 25 and 39
  • 29 percent of women and 28 percent of men with bachelor’s degrees had divorced or married more than once

Divorce Facts

  • The national divorce rate seems to be dropping over time, with 7.7 new divorces in 2018 for every 1,000 women ages 15 and over.
  • The number of divorced women per 1,000 married individuals is highest in Arkansas with this figure standing at 13% while the lowest is Washington which stands at 9.6%
  • The average length of a first marriage that ends in divorce is 8 years.
  • The probability of a first marriage ending in separation or divorce in the first 5 years is 20% and in 10 years is 33%.
  • The average age for couples going through a divorce is 30 years old.
  • On average, a person spends about two years thinking about divorce before taking action.
  • About 3 out of every 4 divorced people will remarry.
  • People wait an average of 3 years after a divorce to remarry (if they remarry at all).
  • Six percent of divorced couples end up remarrying each other.
  • The U.S. government stopped collecting detailed marriage and divorce statistics in 1996, so other data sources, such as the U.S. Census and independent researchers, are used to estimate divorce rates and other statistics.

States With the Lowest Divorce Rate in the United States

The following states have the lowest divorce rate per 1000 residents.

  • Illinois: 1.5%
  • Louisiana: 1.7%
  • Massachusetts: 2.1%
  • Iowa: 2.2%
  • Kansas: 2.3%
  • Maryland: 2.4%
  • Georgia: 2.5%
  • South Carolina: 2.5%
  • North Dakota: 2.6%
  • Pennsylvania: 2.6%
  • South Dakota: 2.6%
  • Texas: 2.6%

States With the Highest Divorce Rate in the United States

The following states have the highest divorce rate per 1000 residents

  • Nevada: 4.4%
  • Arkansas: 4.1%
  • Wyoming: 3.8%
  • Utah: 3.8%
  • Oklahoma: 3.8%
  • Idaho: 3.8%
  • Alaska: 3.7%
  • Alabama: 3.7%
  • Florida: 3.6%
  • Tennessee: 3.5%
  • Kentucky: 3.5%

Statistics On The Likely hood of a Divorce

Should you be worried about your marriage? Here are some statistics that shows the most common reasons people have divorced

  • Your choice of occupation can determine your chances of getting divorce. The top occupation with the highest likely hood of divorce are gaming manager, bartenders and flight attendants have a higher chance of being divorced. The divorce rate amongst them are of 52.9%, 52.7%, 50.5% respectively
  • 75% of people married says lack of commitment is their major reason for divorce
  • 59.6% of divorces are caused by infidelity
  • 57.7% of marriage breakup is causes by too much arguing or conflict in the relationship
  • 45.1% of people who are divorced listed being married too young as one of the reasons
  • 36.1% of divorces are caused by stress related to financial problems in the relationship caused by difference in money management styles
  • The more of your co-workers who are the opposite sex, the higher your risk of divorce.
  • Having friends, family members, or co-workers who are recently divorced.
  • Living in an area with a high concentration of conservative or evangelical Protestants.
  • Higher spending on both the engagement ring and the wedding has been linked to shorter marriage durations.
  • Not marrying someone close to your own age increases your risk of divorce.

What decreases the likelihood of divorce?

  • People who wait to marry or cohabitate until they are over the age of 23 are less likely to get divorced.
  • If you’ve attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by 13 percent. This is because 39 percent of men and 37 percent of women whose educational attainment levels were high school or less.
  • If you have a baby after getting married (at least 7 months after), your risk of divorce decreases by 24%.
  • You’re less likely to divorce if your annual income is over $25,000.
  • If your parents are happily married, your risk of divorce decreases by 14 percent.

Divorce and Children Statistics

  • 16 percent of children are living in a “blended family” – a household with a stepparent, stepsibling, or half sibling.
  • The negative effects caused by divorce on children (anger, anxiety, shock) are typically resolved by the end of the second year after divorce, with a minority of children who take longer to adjust.
  • High-conflict parents during divorce results in children experiencing more difficulty adjusting to life post-divorce.
  • Mothers are the primary residential parent after a divorce in 5 out of 6 cases.

Divorce  and Social Media Statistics

  • One in three divorces start as online affairs.
  • people that do not use social media are 11% happier in their marriages than people that are regularly use social media.
  •  20% annual increase in Facebook enrolment was associated with a 2.18% to 4.32% increase in divorce rates
  • 25% of couples fight about Facebook at least once a week.
  • One in seven married people have contemplated divorce because of their partner’s social media activity.
  • One in five feel uneasy about their relationship after discovering something on their partner’s Facebook account.
  • Facebook is the #1 source for online divorce evidence. 81% of AAML divorce attorneys have used or encountered evidence obtained from social media.
  • 14% of adults say they look through their partner’s social media accounts for evidence of infidelity.

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Celebrity Divorce Statistics and Facts

MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos’s divorce in 2019 is considered to the largest celebrity divorce settlement, as Jeff paid his ex $68billion

Other expensive divorces includes:

  • Ruper Murdoch and Anna Manna: $1.7b
  • Mel Gbson and Robyn Moore: $435million
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver: $250million
  • Micheal Jordan and Juanita Vanoy: $168million
  • Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey: $150million

 The celebrity who has been married and divorced the most are actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and Jennifer O’Neill , who has been married nine times each.

 Other long divorces includes:

  • Mickey Rooney: Married and divorced eight times
  • Larry King: Married and divorced eight times
  • Elizabeth Taylor: Married and divorced eight times

(Source)

 Britney Spears holds the record for the shortest celebrity marriage; her union with friend Jason Alexander lasted only 56 hours before it was annulled. Other short divorces include:

  • Nicolas Cage and Erika Koike: 4 days
  • Cher and Greg Allman: 9 days
  • Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman: 9 days

(source)

While these celebrity holds records, the shortest non-celebrity divorce was between a couple in Kuwait. The marriage lasted only 3 minutes (source)

Final Thoughts

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