In most countries, in order for a husband and wife to divorce, they must first go through the sanction of a court or another authority in a legal process. In most Western countries, including the U.S., a divorce is not the same as an annulment as it doesn’t cancel the married status of the parties. Instead, a divorce cancels the married status of the party.
Most often, divorce also includes the issues of spousal support, child custody and child support, and the distribution of property.
Dealing with divorce can be very hard, especially on children. It is best to seek some kind of therapy and counseling, not only for children, but all parties involved.
Facts About Divorce
- Divorce Frequency
Divorce is so common in the United States that one occurs every 10 to 13 seconds.
In long-lasting marriages that ended in divorce, more than 90% involved infidelity at some point. Despite this fact, only about 25% name infidelity as the reason for the divorce.
- A Long Process
Though one can get married in a hurry in many places — especially the infamous quickie marriage capital, Las Vegas — the average divorce proceedings take about one year. This of course varies by state and depending on if kids and assets are involved.
Most people who get divorced get remarried about three to four years after the divorce. Men are more likely to get remarried than women.
- Effect on Children
Divorce doesn’t only affect the couple who is splitting up. Children who are the product of divorced homes are more likely to have problems in behavioral, psychological, and school-related problems.
- Divorce and Health
Divorced individuals have a much higher risk for certain diseases, like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as mental illness — likely due to the added stress of the divorce and life after.
- Marriage Length
Statistics show that about half of all divorces take place some time in the first seven years of marriage. Twenty-five percent of divorces take place within the first three years of marriage. Generally, the longer you stick it out, the more likely the marriage is going to escape divorce. Of course, every marriage is different.
- Divorce and Money
Besides the fact that a divorce can cost thousands of dollars, especially if it is contested, there are other monetary concerns as well. Divorced people also tend to earn less money and have higher poverty rates.
- Divorce and Older Women
A marriage between a younger man and a much older woman is more likely to end in divorce than vice versa.