Category Archives: Divorce Statistics

Childless and Childfree Marriages and Divorce

Most observers believe that many marital failures have what is termed “masked breakdowns” where the couple keeps up a front “for the sake of the children.” Some 27 percent of divorces involve no children, but only 9 percent of marriages … Continue reading

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The Failure of Second Marriages

That second (or subsequent) trip down the aisle is a stroll over a minefield of memories, with ghosts of the past ready to jump out. “Of course, all marriages harbor ghosts: the ghosts of our childhoods, of our parents’ marriage … Continue reading

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Daughters and Divorce

In the United States couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons. Many scholars read this as evidence that daughters cause divorce. And until recently, sociologists and economists attributed the connection between daughters and divorce … Continue reading

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Will the Marriage Last?

Everyone hopes for the best as they watch the couple march down the aisle and head to the altar, but many privately wonder, “Will they last?” The conventional wisdom (which is so often wrong) is that half of all marriages … Continue reading

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Why Women File 80 Percent of Divorces

Back in the bad old days when California lawmakers debated the wisdom of liberalizing the state’s divorce laws, many conservatives voiced concerns that relaxed laws would encourage a restless man to walk out on unwanted marriages, leaving indigent wives and … Continue reading

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Interracial Marriage and Divorce

Divorce rates among interracial couples are slightly higher than divorce rates among same-race couples, but interracial marriages in the United States have climbed to 4.8 million – a record 1 in 12 – as a steady flow of new Asian … Continue reading

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