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Divorce Statistics: Illinois Listed as One of Least-Divorced States in America

 Posted on October 23, 2015 in Divorce

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody attorney,It may seem as though divorce rates have been at an all-time high for quite some time, but according to a piece recently published in the New York Times, marriage is alive and well. In fact, it is actually striving and rates of divorce are on a decline. And Illinois just so happens to have one of the lowest divorce rates in the United States.

Half of All Marriages End in Divorce - Truth or Myth?

While about half of all marriages really did end in divorce back in the 1970s and 1980s, divorce has actually been on the decline ever since, according to Claire Cain Miller. In fact, around 70 percent of all couples married in the 1990s have managed to stay together for 15 years, and at least 75 percent of all marriages over the last decade are expected to make it until death.

Illinois Divorce Rates Lower than Most

FindTheHome recently crunched numbers from the 2013 American Community Survey to determine which states had the lowest divorce rates. Illinois, which has a population of just a little under 13 million people, was found to have a divorce rate of 9.8 percent, putting Illinois at number 10 on the list. Iowa came in at number 18, with 10.7 percent of their residents divorced while New Jersey came in at number one, with a divorcee rate of just 8.5 percent.

Other Statistics on Divorce

According to Miller, two-thirds of all divorces are initiated by women. Factors associated with higher divorce rates include lower income and a lower level of education, particularly when the couple held a more traditional notions about who should be the breadwinner in the family. In fact, these couples are more likely to experience divorce rates near peak years when compared to those with a college education, higher income, or a more flexible mindset when it comes to gender roles.

Other factors said to contribute to the decline of divorce included:

  • More permissive attitudes;
  • Couples waiting longer to marry; and
  • And birth control.

When Divorce Does Happen

Although Illinois may have one of the lowest divorce rates in the country, divorce does happen. When it does, it is important to have competent, legal advice, especially when there are children involved. If you are planning on filing for divorce in DuPage County and need help, contact the experienced Wheaton divorce attorneys at Stock, Carlson & Asso. LLC by calling 630-665-2500 today.


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