Top Divorce Trends in 2014
2014 showed us some pretty surprising trends in divorce that have begun to accompany California’s reported high (near 75%) divorce rate*. Of course, no one goes into marriage with plans to get a divorce, so besides being unfortunate, in many cases, it’s inevitable. So, what’s changing with the world of divorce? These top 4 trends may surprise you.
A divorce is never easy. Whether you’re the one who decides to initiate it or not, the process is just as time-consuming and tedious: there’s the review and signing of divorce documents, the process of mediation or litigation, and figuring out how property and possessions will be divided between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. So, while California’s high divorce rate is nothing new, trends in the way divorce is taking place in the populace are. Have a look at the divorce trends we saw increase in popularity during 2014.
Top 2014 Divorce Trends
Divorce Trend #1: Women Initiating the Divorce Process
Up until a few years ago, the majority of divorces were initiated by the male counterpart. However, with the increasing levels of social and economic independence women are experiencing comes the decision of divorce being made by the woman.
It’s said that approximately 66% of divorces today are initiated by women, with White women leading the trend in woman-initiated divorces and U.S.-born Hispanic women trailing that lead.
Divorce Trend #2: Largest Segment of Divorcees is 50+
It’s been said that an that an inverse relationship exists between the age at marriage and the likelihood of divorce, but a new divorce trend shows that people 50+ who have been married for at least 20 years are divorcing at twice the rate they were in the last two decades.
Divorce Trend #3: Rates Fluctuate by Region
Believe it or not, the likelihood of getting a divorce has also been linked to the region in which a married couple resides. Though this data is not predictive of what’s to come for a married couple, it has been found that divorce rates are considerably higher on the West Coast than in the Central and Eastern regions of the United States.
Divorce Trend #4: Child’s Potential Income Influenced by Parents’ Marital Status
Can you believe that there is a direct link between the marital status of a person’s parents and the income they are suited to make as an adult? Of course this relationship is seen to be direct as opposed to inverse, meaning the goodness and badness of both sides are in unison. For example, a person whose parents are married and earn high incomes is more likely to have a high income when they are an adult.
Though these are just trends, as divorce attorneys, we are able to draw a few conclusions as the course a marriage is likely to take based on the conditions and state it is currently in. The top divorce trends that we’ve seen gain some traction in 2014 give us some considerable insight into the best courses of action for dealing with your situation and when the “right” time may be for pursuing the process of divorce, should you ever decide to make that decision. Please contact our family law office with any questions about how to handle the process.
*California has not announced its divorce rate since 1990. 2011 was the last year the Centers of Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics have data. Marriage and divorce rates have declined since 2000.