Only a couple of days ago, I was having a conversation with my mother when she informed me that she had read somewhere that the current divorce rate in America was at 50%. Personally, while I am not completely shocked by this information, it does sadden me a bit. Additionally, the fact that most states in America restrict the sacrament of marriage to heterosexual couples seems to make even less sense. It’s clearly not so sacred and important if so many throw it away in divorce. I say, why not see if we can lower the statistic by allowing homosexual marriage?

“Divorce Rate
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What is the current divorce rate in America?
It is frequently reported that the divorce rate in America is 50%. This data is not accurately correct, however, it is reasonably close to actual. The Americans for Divorce Reform estimates that “Probably, 40 or possibly even 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce if current trends continue.”, which is actually a projection.

“50% of all marriages in the America end in divorce.”
The above statement about the divorce rate in America hides all the details about distribution, however.

Age at marriage for those who divorce in America
Age Women Men
Under 20 years old 27.6% 11.7%
20 to 24 years old 36.6% 38.8%
25 to 29 years old 16.4% 22.3%
30 to 34 years old 8.5% 11.6%
35 to 39 years old 5.1% 6.5%

The divorce rate in America for first marriage, vs second or third marriage
50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 74% of third marriages end in divorce, according to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri.

According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America:
The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

The divorce rate in America for childless couples and couples with children
According to discovery channel, couples with children have a slightly lower rate of divorce than childless couples.

Sociologists believe that childlessness is also a common cause of divorce. The absence of children leads to loneliness and weariness and even in the United States, at least 66 per cent of all divorced couples are childless.”


2 responses

  1. mdearmon says:

    I think it is sad. I believe in marriage and believe that it is sacred. I think some where in our history, with all the freedoms we have, we have mixed that up with the freedom not to commit. Commitment in any aspect of our lives is extremely important in growth. People grow together. Then again, people also get married for superficial reasons more often now a says and maybe that is why the divorce rate is high. Be careful who you Marry!!!

  2. I found this article very interesting, and while I do believe that marriage is sacred, I feel that the article is suggesting that society no longer views marriage as something precious, but I beg to differ. I feel the view of marriage has not changed over the years, yet gender roles have. Through gender roles the pressure of remaining in a marriage for financial security has also changed. Factors such as this should be taken into consideration before one concludes that marriage has been devalued thus leading to higher divorce rates.