Here we start a monumental series founded by the basis that divorce is
something more than what you really think. Yes, it's about a marriage
dissolving; yes, there're issues with property distribution and child
support; and, yes, most definitely, it's a process that can go smoothly
and not so smoothly for everyone involved. The fact is this, though –
there are myths about the concept of divorce, and this is the first one
we'll look at.
real statistics, not the general hearsay statistics you might get from so many
burdened people out there. You might've heard this in particular that
one in two marriages end up in divorce. To a certain degree, it may be
true, but consider this – what about remarriages? If you look at the
actualstatistics from way back in the 1980s, you'll find that in fact the
divorce rate has been dropping steadily since then. That's according
to the National Marriage Project.
This means that when you hear about this so-called 50% statistic, understand
that doesn't mean your newly-cemented union will have a half-chance
of survival. Rather, the divorce rate as it stands right now for American
marriages is somewhere along the lines of 40% to 50%, give or take a few
percentages. It fluctuates. This is particularly because of the fact that
people do get remarried constantly. In fact, I'd wager to think that
people get married
more, over and over again. That alone will drive up the divorce rate considerably,
even though it's just one person getting the petition (or the other,
for that matter).
Additionally, expect this: statistics show that you may not even have to
expect the guy in your life taking the initiative for a divorce petition.
It's been found that about 2/3 of all divorces are filed by women.
In a way, it's a startling fact, but one that you can consider the
next time you consider a prenuptial agreement. More to come on this series
of articles for your reading enjoyment.