Divorce Statistics

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Illinois divorce lawyerHow often do residents of DuPage County file for divorce, and how frequent are those divorce rates in comparison to the national average? We often hear that a high number of marriages end in divorce, but how often is that actually true? And for marriages that do end in divorce, are there certain predictors that might help us to determine a couple’s risk for divorce? We often hear similar questions from our clients, and we know that residents of Oakbrook Terrace who are thinking about filing for divorce have questions about divorce rates in the area.

We have some statistics to help you understand the facts and figures surrounding divorce in DuPage County, as well as across the country.

Getting the Facts About American Divorce

If you live in Oakbrook Terrace or elsewhere in DuPage County, what should you know about American divorce statistics? The following are some facts and figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • There are around 2,140,272 marriages in the U.S. each year, putting the marriage rate at 6.9 per 1,000 total population;
  • Around 813,862 divorces are finalized each year, which puts the divorce rate at 3.2 per 1,000 total population;
  • Median age of marriage for women is 25.8 years old, while the median age of marriage for men is 28.3 years old;
  • Probability of a first marriage lasting at least 10 years is about 68 percent for women, and about 70 percent for men (to put those figures another way, the probability of a first marriage ending in divorce is more than 30 percent for women and just around 30 percent for men);
  • Divorce rates are lower among certain populations, including individuals who identify as of Hispanic origin and those who are Asian or Asian-American;
  • Divorce rates are lower for both women and men with at least a bachelor’s degree, while divorce rates are highest for those with less than a high school diploma (for women in particular); and
  • Contrary to some popular beliefs, cohabitation before marriage does not have a significant effect on whether a couple is likely to get divorced.

Illinois Divorces: Facts and Figures

How do national statistics about divorce compare with those in Illinois? The CDC also provides the following state-specific information about Illinois, which we have collected for you below along with information from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH):

  • Marriage rate is slightly lower than the national average at 5.9 per 1,000 total population (based on statistics from 2015);
  • Divorce rate is significantly lower in Illinois than the national average, at 2.2 per 1,000 total population (as of 2015);
  • Divorce rate in Illinois has declined in the last two decades with divorce rates at 3.2 per 1,000 total population in the year 2000 and rates of 2.6 per 1,000 total population in the year 2010; and
  • There were 4,611 divorces in DuPage County in 2013, which represented a decline from the previous year in which there were 4,802 divorces in the county.

Contact an Oakbrook Terrace Family Law Attorney

If you have questions about divorce in DuPage County, an experienced Oakbrook Terrace divorce lawyer can assist you. Our firm has years of experience providing counsel to the Muslim community of DuPage County, and we can answer your questions today. Contact Farooqi & Husain Law Office for more information.





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