Divorce Statistics in the United States and California

By Henry F. Lewis on October 09, 2018

A wedding ring on top of a petition for divorceDivorce is a difficult time for everyone involved, but having experienced family law attorneys on your side can make the divorce process as smooth and amicable as possible.

Here, we take a brief look at divorce statistics in the United States and California. If you are facing divorce, contact experienced divorce attorneys Michael A. Gardner and Henry F. Lewis to help protect your rights.

General Divorce Statistics in the United States

Divorce is common in the United States. According to statistics:  

  • About 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce.
  • About 40 percent of first marriages end in divorce.
  • Those who have been divorced once and remarry are more likely to get divorced, with as much as 60 percent of second marriages ending in divorce.
  • According to the United Nations, the United States has the third highest divorce rate in the world, with 4.34 divorces per 1,000 people. 
  • Despite almost half of all marriages ending in divorce, the divorce rate has been declining in the United States.

How Long Do Marriages Ending in Divorce Last?

In the United States, the overall average length of time for most first and second marriages ending in divorce is remarkably similar.

  • The average length of time for first marriages ending in divorce is eight years.
  • Second marriages ending in divorce will typically last just under eight years.

Who Divorces in the United States?

Statistics show some interesting facts about who is getting divorced in the United States. Some interesting findings include:

  • As many as 60 percent of divorcing couples are between the ages of 25 to 39.
  • Women are more likely to file for divorce than men.
  • People making less than $20,000 a year divorce at the highest rate; this income bracket accounts for 39 percent of divorces.

Why Do People Divorce in the United States?

There are many reasons why couples choose to end their marriage through divorce. These include:

  • Lack of commitment from one or both parties
  • Infidelity, including both physical and emotional cheating
  • Unprepared for marriage
  • Married too young
  • Arguing too much, especially about finances
  • Abuse in the relationship

Divorce Statistics in California

Divorce is something many Californians face. Some notable statistics include:

  • 205,522 men and women divorced in California in 2015 as noted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • 1.697 million women and 1.193 million men in California are divorced.
  • California's divorce rate may be as high as 10 percent above the national average.
  • Despite a higher average, California doesn't have the highest divorce rate in the United States. Other states, like Nevada and Oklahoma, take the lead.
  • Divorce rates vary widely between counties in California with Santa Clara having one of the lowest rates and Oakland having one of the highest.

Contact the Divorce Attorneys at Gardner & Lewis, LLP

If you are facing a divorce, it's important to have experienced divorce attorneys with you every step of the way. At Gardner & Lewis, LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting our client's rights through such sensitive times as divorce. Call our team at (510) 451-4822 to schedule your consultation.

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