Studies show that nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce.
Fortunately, the end of your marriage isn’t the end of your life or the end of love. You must decide, despite the pain and upheaval, that you will survive and your life will be good again. One light in the darkness is that your divorce can teach you amazing things about yourself and can help you focus on what really matters.
Your divorce happened. Life goes on and things will get better.
Of course, saying that is one thing. Making it happen is quite another.
To help make sense of your divorce, here are 16 statistics that may explain what happened and provide insight to help you move forward.
- During a 20 year period, researchers found that women were happier and more satisfied with their lives after divorce. (source)
- You are 3.5 times more likely to have your marriage end in divorce if you spend $20,000 – $30,000 on your wedding than if you spend $5,000 – $10,000. This can put pressure on the people getting married to perform better financially, and can lead to early divorce due to fighting about money. (source)
- Another study suggests that jobs impact your chances of divorce, and the ones that spend the most time in a high-intensity workplace end up with the most unhappy marriages. (source)
Also, that same study suggests that…
- On average, 6.2 people get married per 1000 people in the population. The United States ranks 6th with 3.2 per 1000 people getting divorced every year. That’s 51.6%
- Every 13 seconds, there’s a divorce in America.
- Wives are more likely to file for divorce than husbands.
- In the military, the divorce rate for women tends to be 7.2 per 1000 people, while men only have a 3.4 divorce rate. That’s a 42% difference.
- The divorce rate among U.S. Navy Seals is over 90%.
- You’re more likely to file for divorce if you fall below the poverty line or have liberal views. Some people don’t marry for love. Staying true to yourself is the best thing you can do in the long run.
- The average length of a marriage is 8 years.
Of course, not everyone gets divorced. Some studies show that as of 2016, divorce rates are decreasing. (Even though the divorce rate among those 50 and older has doubled in the last 20 years.)