Getting Divorced in New Jersey? It’s Actually Not That Common
Although Salvaggio Law Group LLC devotes its entire practice to helping people with New Jersey Divorce and Family Law matters, we’re happy to report that less people need us than you might think.
A recent article in The New York Times reports that New Jersey has the lowest divorce rate in the country. Last month, the US Census Bureau released the results of the 2011 American Community Survey, which found that New Jersey residents have the lowest percentage of residents 18 and older who are divorced.
The Northeast region in general has lower divorce rates than the rest of the country, with New Jersey and New York ranking the lowest in the nation for divorces. Nearly 52% of New Jersey residents are currently married, while only 9.1% of them have ever gone through a divorce.
Several factors contribute to New Jersey’s low divorce rate. Two of the more significant factors are education and age.
Naomi Cahn, a professor at George Washington University Law School, noted: “New Jerseyans are more likely than residents of most states to delay marriage until after they complete college and graduate school. There are fewer divorces in New Jersey because there are fewer risk factors.”
Last year, 42 percent of the people who got married in New Jersey had a college degree—compared to the national average of 31 percent.
People who postpone marriage until after they finish their education don’t subject their marriage to the additional stresses which arise while they’re in school. In addition, people who obtain college or graduate school degrees tend to make more money than those who don’t, which can make a couple more financially secure.
In the same vein, only 13 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds living in New Jersey married within the last year. The national average was 23 percent.
New Jersey residents are also waiting longer to get married. Nationwide, the median age for a first marriage in 2011 was 26.9 for women and 28.9 for men. In New Jersey, the median age for a first marriage was 28.5 for women and 30.2 for men.
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