Divorces Rates Then And Now

Some California residents may be interested to learn about the results of research comparing contemporary divorce rates to past decades. The survey requested that respondents provide information about their current marital status and a simple marital history in order to try to ascertain patterns whether any patterns emerge from the results. This research yielded some interesting information that might be worth a look.

The survey, which was based in part on 2013 data, found that around 12 percent of the respondents who were 30 years old in 2013 had already been through a divorce. By comparison, the proportion rose to as high as 42 percent of respondents by age 59.

While the common consensus is that divorce rates have risen in recent decades, the information collected actually seems to cast a mixed light on the issue. Compared to census data from 1960 and 1980, a smaller proportion of people were getting divorced by the age of 30 in 2013 than they were in either 1960 or 1980. However, the results for respondents up to age 59 are the other way around; the data indicated that people over 40 in 2013 may be more likely to have been divorced by that age than their counterparts in 1960 or 1980.

Although a divorce can be a stressful experience, it’s often a necessary means of extracting oneself from an unhealthy situation. A person who is facing the end of a marriage might want to explore the available options regarding spousal support, child custody and other such matters with an attorney who has family law experience.