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Divorce statistics from 2013

2013 brought in a whole range of new statistics concerning divorce.
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    January 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Recently, the Huffington Post put together a bundle of divorce-related data. This volume of information makes up some of the most current statistics regarding marriage and divorce; the information was analyzed and reported in 2013. As Americans move into 2014, the reports will serve as the most relevant data, which is applicable to current relationships.

Women and divorce: For example, recent numbers from Bowling Green State University's National Center for Marriage and Family Research suggests that the count of divorced females is rising. The research indicates that 15 percent of females in America are divorced or ending their marriage. In 1920, not even one percent of women were among these categories. Researchers associated with the recent study indicate that the increase in divorced women may be linked to societal transformations.

Drinking: A study from the fall of 2013 reveals an interesting fact regarding couples' consumption of alcohol. Did you know a couple is more likely to survive marriage if spouses maintain similar drinking habits? If spouses drink varying quantities of alcohol, this could take a toll on the relationship.

Specifically, the University at Buffalo evaluated over 600 marriages through roughly the first decade of the unions. The analysis found that 50 percent of relationships wherein one person drank considerably more than the other spouse got a divorce. Yet, this number dropped by 20 percent for couples who had parallel consumption rates. This was true regardless of drinking amounts.

Long commutes: Another interesting statistic from last year came from the Umea University in Sweden. According to the data, individuals who drive 45 minutes or more to work (one way) are more prone to a failed marriage than those with shorter work drives. The research studied many individuals for a 10-year period. The research discovered that commuting couples separated more often than those who worked closer to their residences. Specifically, 14 percent of relationships wherein one partner commuted at least 45 minutes to work ended. On the other hand, 10 percent of unions with shorter travel durations ended.

These 2013 statistics shed new light on marriage and divorce. While these numbers may be alarming, the good news is that new research from Personality Science suggests that those who have endured turmoil in relationships, including divorce, appreciate the present to a greater degree. Researchers surveyed 14,986 individuals and came to the following finding: "[I]individuals who had dealt with more adversity in the past reported an elevated capacity for savoring." Therefore, even if you deal with significant difficulties throughout the process of your divorce, the future can be experienced in a more positive light.

To learn more about divorce and your legal rights, contact an experienced family law attorney.

Article provided by Suzanne J. Noland
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