The fairy tale wedding is fixed in the psyche of many a young girl: it's the day that inspires panic and excitement in equal parts. But today, in America - where over half of marriages end in divorce - , more often than not it's the day that reminds us of what never was. The traditional vow of “till death do us part” is losing its potency as more and more couples file for divorce. We recently took a look at the highest divorce rates around the world, but now we are examining things a little closer to home: the United States was number ten on the list internationally, but within the nation divorce rates vary significantly.
The economy and job opportunities, cost of living and the degree to which a population is religious all contribute to the rates of divorce in a nation - but are there any tricks or tips for keeping your marriage afloat? Daily Infographic recently took a look at the data collected from various sources, and noted some interesting patterns when it comes to happy ever after versus divorce courts. Those in traditionally 'blue' states - Democratic states - are less likely to get divorced, as are those above the age of 25, those who have attended college and those whose parents are still married. Unsurprisingly, those working in religion and education had the lowest divorces rates in the country. By contrast, those who smoke, hang out with other divorcees or who work in dance and choreography are most likely to get divorced.
However the most notable statistic from Daily Infographic surrounds the likelihood of divorce becoming a repeat offence: simply put, the more you get divorced, the more likely you are to continue to get divorced in subsequent marriages. 41% of first-time marriages in the United States end in divorce. This figure rises to 60% for the second time around, and a shocking 70% for those on their third try at marital bliss. So much for third time lucky. If you're thinking of saying “I do” to that someone special then, statistically, you have the best chance of making it in North Dakota, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey or Hawaii. But what about the worst odds?
10 Washington: 12.5%
One in every eight marriages ends in divorce in Washington state. The reason for this? Of course it's hard to narrow things down to one overarching cause but the ease with which a divorce can be maintained may certainly be one of them. Until 2013, couples could file for divorce almost as soon as they were married: new legislation means that couples must now wait at least 90 days from the date of their marriage before filing for divorce. The legislation was introduced in the hope that couples would think more carefully about the vow of marriage and perhaps reconcile before jumping to the separation.
9 Tennessee: 12.5%
8 Kentucky: 12.5%
7 Arkansas: 12.5%
6 Wyoming: 12.6%
5 Vermont: 12.6%
4 Oregon: 12.8%
3 Oklahoma: 12.9%
2 Maine: 13.6%
1 Nevada: 14.2%
Considering the fame - or should that be infamy - that surrounds the many marriage centres (complete with 'little white church' facades and Elvis impersonators) in Nevada’s party centre of Las Vegas, a high divorce rate seems almost guaranteed. As easy as it to wed in Nevada - a $60 fee and a ceremony of a couple of minutes - the state has made it equally conveniently easy to undo your “I dos.” Nevada only requires that those filing for divorce be resident in the state for one month and provided you cough up the $289, then 42 days later, you should be marriage free! While of course many choose to get married in Nevada and then divorce elsewhere, the facetious approach to marriage which prevails in Las Vegas may have created a flippant attitude among Nevadans towards their sacred vows.
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