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A few surprising facts about divorce

| Aug 19, 2020 | Divorce |

Latest statistics show that 39% of all marriages in the United States will eventually end in divorce. Even though that statistic may seem high, the divorce rate in the country is dropping. In fact, there are a few facts regarding divorce that might surprise some Wisconsin residents. In 2018, there were 2.9 divorces per 1,000 people, while that number was at 4.0 in the year 2000.

According to research done by a U.S. university, it seems that August and March are when most couples file for divorce — not in January as previously thought. November and December are the months when couples are least likely to file — it could be because they want to keep the family together for the holidays. Further research showed that alcohol played a part in divorce when one spouse drank more heavily than the other.

When it comes to children, the average child support payment per month in 2010 was $430. However, less than half receive the full amount to which they’re entitled with more than 30% payments not being made at all. Another interesting finding was that parents who stayed together, but fought a lot, had children who were more likely to divorce than children whose parents actually divorced. The average age of a person divorcing for the first time is 30, but people who are older than 50 are divorcing more.

Whatever the reasons are for a couple deciding to divorce and whenever that decision is made, each person might wish to consult independently with a Wisconsin attorney. A lawyer may be able to explain the steps in the divorce process clearer than anyone else could. Having some knowledge about what will unfold may make divorce less stressful.