“Half of the couples who decide to say ‘I do’ will ultimately decide to divorce.” This statistic is often stated as fact, but it is a little off the mark. In reality, approximately one-third of marriages will end in divorce and, while still a large portion, that is considerably less than fifty percent. This might not be the only family law fact that is different than commonly assumed.
By 2018, the average divorce rate across 45 states — including Alabama — had decreased to only 2.9 for every 1,000 people, compared to the rate of 4.0 per 1,000 people in 2000. In other words, the current divorce rate is only 39%. Around 60% of those divorces are young adults between the ages of 25 and 39. The average age of a first-time divorcee is 30 years.
Social media can play a large role in many divorces. The New York Post reported that over 30% of all divorce filings include references to Facebook, but spending too much time on Facebook is not necessarily the problem. Instead, people describe their spouses using the platform to initiate affairs, reconnect with exes, and even “check in” at restaurants with love interests other than their partners.
Divorce looks different for everyone, but there are common trends that are helpful to consider. If one is interested to learn about Alabama family law and how to best prepare for divorce, speaking with a knowledgeable attorney is a good first step.