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Family law: Can you tell divorce facts from fiction?

Divorce is not all that uncommon, so it is easy to see why some New York residents might be hanging on to outdated information. The reality is simply that divorce is changing. Long-held beliefs about family law, the divorce rate and whether unhappy parents should stick it out are usually no longer relevant. Consider some of the following divorce information.

When asked about America's divorce rate, most people might reply that it is 50%. While that might have been the case in the past, it is no longer true. The most current statistic shows that only 39% marriages end in divorce. There were approximately 782,000 divorces in 2018, which comes out to about 2.9 divorces for every 1,000 people. Compare this with four divorces per 1,000 people in 2000.

Attitudes about divorce are changing, too. When asked about the best decision to make when in an unhappy marriage, 58% of people said that it is better to divorce than stick around. When you add kids to the situation, that figure jumps to 67%. This might be because sticking it out for the kids is not as helpful as it seems. According to the National Survey of Families and Households, kids who were raised in high-conflict households were more likely to divorce as adults.

It is important to separate fact from fiction when thinking about divorce. Otherwise, someone might make a decision based on information that is not rooted in reality. Familiarizing oneself with family law is usually a good idea, but doing so can leave some people more confused than when they started. Speaking with an experienced New York attorney might help clarify aspects of divorce that are difficult or confusing.

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