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Facts and statistics about divorce in Virginia

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2022 | Family Law

It’s not abnormal for Virginian couples considering marriage to think about what would happen if they were to divorce. Thankfully, a few statistics about divorce paint a better picture now than they did a few years ago.

Overall divorce rate is low

Nationwide, divorce is on the decline. Studies show that only 14 divorces out of every 1,000 end in divorce.

There are many reasons for this sudden decline in divorces. Conditions in 2020 might have brought couples closer together, keeping divorce rates down over the last few years.

The decrease in divorces also has to do with the decrease in marriages overall. As marriage rates decline, so do divorces.

Marriage rate at an all-time low as well

Fewer couples are making the decision to tie the knot, a consistent trend since the 1980s according to the CDC and NCHS National Vital Statistics. There are several reasons for this trend.

Weddings are notorious for being expensive, so many young couples are eager to put it off until they’re in a better position to afford it. Even couples who have been together for years and plan to be together for the rest of their lives sometimes put off marriage due to the associated costs.

Attitudes towards marriages overall have made a significant impact on the marriage rates as well. Many couples don’t see marriage as a vital part of their life plan or a signifier of the quality of their relationship.

How do you know if you’ll get divorced?

There’s no way to tell if your marriage will end in divorce. Generally, when couples get divorced, it’s because they weren’t ready to be together in the first place.

Many divorce problems come down to money, family issues or the realization that they’re going in separate directions. The flip side of marriage rates declining is that divorce rates are down too: The couples who are getting married are more ready for this step.

Ultimately, the quality of your marriage depends entirely on you. However, if you’re worried about divorce in the future, it’s important to communicate clearly with your partner.