Do you feel that you should divorce your spouse but you’re having some doubts? Maybe you’ve already gone through with it, and you’re still recovering from the whole ordeal? We’ve laid down some facts for you that can help you understand your situation better.
In 2018, the marriage rate in the US stood at 6.5 per 1,000 people. The divorce rate, however, was almost half this number, standing at 2.9 per 1,000 people. Which aspects contributed to marriage failure? According to a survey, among the most critical causes were: commitment and communication, lack of trust, sensuality and sexuality. These aspects are considered to be the most important in marriage, with communication standing at 43%, trust and commitment at 34%, and sensuality and sexuality at 23%. The study also shows that nowadays, only about 60% of US children live with their married, biological parents. Reportedly, in the US, there is one divorce every 13 seconds, and every 22 seconds, there’s a divorce with kids involved. Roughly 27% of children born to married parents will experience parental divorce before they reach adulthood. Moreover, the approach to child custody has changed. In 2005, only 5% of divorced parents had equal joint physical custody. In 2014, this number stood at 27%. Nowadays, the number of not equal or sole custody cases is steadily decreasing. What’s more, after a divorce, people wait an average of 3 years to remarry.
Additionally, the majority of children whose parents divorced don’t exhibit obvious psychological problems. However, research shows that both separation and parental divorce can be associated with depressed mood, academic difficulties, disruptive behavior, poor interpersonal or social skills, and experiencing their own family instability. All of these factors are a result of interparental conflicts, less effective parenting, economic struggles, and a limited contact with one parent – typically, the father. What’s more, 100% of adult children admitted that their parents’ divorce changed their lives – both positively and negatively.
Remember, divorce is not the end of the world but it can result in some long-term consequences. Feel free to visit Survive Divorce for more information.