A study of its kind not seen for decades by the U.S. Census was recently released and found that residents of states in the South and West are more like to marry and divorce, while northeastern residents wait longer to marry and are less-likely to divorce, the Associated Press reports.
New Jersey, along with New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut were among the lowest in divorces, according to the new study.
While statistics may suggest there are fewer divorces in New Jersey than in other states, statistical analysis alone tells us little. For many, getting out of an unhappy or unhealthy marriage is the best move of their life. For some, it can be a difficult decision, one they consider over a matter of months.
Regardless of the circumstances, it is a complex process and one that has long-lasting effects. Therefore, consulting with an experienced New Jersey Divorce Lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected.
The study does make some interesting observations, however. About 19 per 1,000 men were wedded, while the number was 17.6 per 1,000 women in 2009. About 9.2 of every 1,000 men and 9.7 of every 1,000 women had a divorce finalized.
Southern and Western states had the most weddings, but also had the most divorces.
Researchers attributed lower divorce rates in the Northeast states to more education and waiting longer to get married. Younger couples and those with less education are factors in divorce, along with socioeconomic status. The study also found that the South and West have many transplants from other parts of the country and they are left with less of a network of support.
In 1970, about 57 percent of men were between 20 and 24 when they first married. According to the 2009 numbers, only 24 percent married in those years of their life. The percentage is evenly distributed as the age rises. For women, about 42 percent were teens and 88 percent 24 years old when they married in 1970, while the percentage dropped in 2009 to 7 percent as teenagers and 38 percent at 24.
The recent Great Recession was also a factor in why people have decided to wait to marry, considering the financial implications of making long-term commitments in a shaky economy.
But even those who marry at an older age can get divorced. No one is immune. And while statistics show a positive outlook for New Jersey marriages, they can’t cover every situation.
A New Jersey Divorce Lawyer will be able to assess your situation and come up with sound ideas to help you come out of a divorce financially stable, with a solid child custody or support situation, while avoiding harmful post-divorce taxes and with the ability to move on with your life.
If you need to speak with a divorce or child custody lawyer in Morristown, contact (973) 455-1220 or fill out the Contact Form on our website.
Census: South, West lead US in marriages, divorces, by Hope Yen, Associated Press