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What can statistics tell us about divorce in Indiana?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2023 | Divorce

There is one supposed statistic about divorce that is seemingly taken as common knowledge at this point: that half of all marriages end in divorce. Well, our readers may be surprised to learn that, as a recent news article pointed out, that supposed statistic is not even close to being true. So, what can the real statistics tell us about divorce?

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Well, for starters, divorce is becoming less common. In fact, the divorce rate is usually between 28% and 38% – nowhere near 50%. A state-by-state view of divorce shows that divorce rates are relatively low even in the states where divorce is most common – that list is topped by Arkansas and Oklahoma, by the way. The states with the lowest divorce rates are California and Wisconsin. Indiana is in the middle of the pack.

Of course, there could be a whole range of reasons for why divorce is less common than it was in decades past. But, the primary reason seems to be that fewer people are actually getting married. Fewer marriages, fewer divorces.

The world is changing in many ways every day and, as the recent news article pointed out, views about marriage and divorce may be changing as well. But, one thing remains the same: if you are going through a divorce in Indiana, you need to be ready to address difficult legal issues while at the same time addressing the emotions that accompany a divorce. Wherever and whenever it occurs, divorce is challenging, and we recommend speaking to an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the process.