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Five Traits that Countries with High Divorce Rates ShareStudies on the likelihood of divorce often look at factors on a personal level, such as an individual’s income, education, employment, and maturity at the time of marriage. A recent study from the University of California at Irvine instead looked at how society as a whole affects the likelihood of divorce. The researchers collected divorce data from 84 countries from 1970 to 2008. They did not include the U.S. in the study because they considered its statistics to be an outlier, but the findings of the study can still be applied to the U.S.

The global divorce rate more than doubled during the study period, increasing from 2.6 divorces per 1,000 marriages to 5.5 divorces per 1,000 marriages. Countries in Northern and Western Europe generally had the highest divorce rates, while divorce rates were lowest in Southern Europe, Latin America, and Eastern Asia. Divorce rates greatly varied amongst countries in regions such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Some countries bucked their regional trends, such as Cuba having a high divorce rate and Ireland having a low divorce rate. Researchers found five common characteristics in many of the countries with high divorce rates:

  1. High Economic Development: Countries with higher gross national incomes also had higher divorce rates. People with higher incomes may feel more secure in leaving their spouses and financially supporting themselves. They may also be less worried about the expense of divorce.
  2. High Education: High levels of education often go along with economic development. The study measured education levels by the number of people who received secondary education, such as college. A more-educated person may be more capable of obtaining a well-paying job.
  3. Female Independence: Countries with higher divorce rates tended to have more women who were members of the workforce. Unemployment can be an obstacle for a woman considering divorce because she is dependent upon her husband. Working women may have more confidence in themselves.
  4. International Organizations: Membership in international organizations and treaties corresponded with higher divorce rates. The researchers believe that being part of these groups encourages countries to accept modern principles on individual rights, such as the right to divorce.
  5. Fewer Catholics: The Catholic Church does not recognize divorce, though this does not prevent some Catholics from divorcing. However, a country with a predominantly Catholic population, such as Italy or Ireland, may be more likely to adhere to the rules of the church.

Contact a St. Charles Divorce Attorney

The U.S. shares all of the qualities that are associated with higher global divorce rates. As a nation, we are accepting of divorce and give individuals the confidence that they can support themselves after divorce. A Kane County divorce lawyer at Goostree Law Group can help you after your decision to divorce. To schedule a free consultation, call 630-584-4800. 

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyerThere are a lot of factors that affect a couple's likelihood of divorcing. These factors include the age of each partner when the couple married, each partner's education and income level, and whether the couple has the same socioeconomic and cultural background.

Other factors are not quite as obvious. For example, the genders of the couple's children. You might not think that your child's gender has any effect on your likelihood of divorcing, but research has found that parents of daughters have a slightly higher divorce rate than parents of sons.

Do not assume that just because you have a daughter, you will get divorced. Correlation does not imply causation, when whether your marriage will end in divorce or not hinges much more greatly on your ability to communicate effectively with your partner to resolve the conflicts that arise. If you are experiencing problems in your marriage, speak with an experienced divorce lawyer to determine all of your options. If you have exhausted all efforts to repair the issues you face, filing for divorce might be the healthiest option for all members of your family, regardless of their gender.

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militaryThe Pentagon has recorded the divorce rate for men and women in the military. They have noticed a decrease to almost seven percent of military women, which is lower than the last two year’s record highs.  In 2012, the rate was almost eight percent. The divorce rate for men in the military has always been low, at around 3 percent for the last three years. The reported decline might be accredited to a decline in length that troops are deployed. During the years when the United States was at war with Iraq and Afghanistan, the families of military personnel paid the price in divorces. In a study by the RAND Corporation in collaboration with the Department of Defense showed that the length of deployment caused divorce.  They used data from 462,444 enlisted servicemen and women.  These people were all married between March of 1999 and June of 2008. The researchers found that the length of the deployment had a measurable effect on the likelihood of divorce.  Each additional month serving their country meant that they were more likely to divorce when they returned home.  This is true in spite of where the couples were married or where the deployment occurred. The one factor that lessened the rate of divorce was whether the couple was married before or after the September 11th attacks. For those married before the tragedy, they were more likely to divorce compared to those who were married after it.  The researchers of the RAND report suppose that those who married after that unfortunate event were more prepared to miss their loved one. There are many services in place that can assist families who have a loved one in the military. An example is the Marine Corps Family Team Building. Navy Lieutenant Commander Nate Christensen who is a spokesperson for the Department of Defense said that “the health and well-being of service members and their families is a priority. Strong relationships are important to our readiness.” Being without your spouse can be difficult on your marriage.  If those programs cannot assist you bridge that gap in your marriage, then it might be time to turn to a legal professional.  Contact a skilled family law attorney in Saint Charles today.

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Norwegian Initiative to Curb Divorce- Date IMAGEWith divorce rates on the rise across the world, some countries are taking initiatives to curb marital dissolution. The divorce rate in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was 3.6 per 1,000 people in 2010, the most recent year for which data was available. This is roughly half the marriage rate for the same year, meaning that nearly 50 percent of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. While the divorce rate has remained high in the U.S. for the better part of the 20th century, there have only been a few major coordinated efforts to reduce the nation’s divorce rate. This is surprising, as divorce ends up costing Americans millions of dollars every year, and as a consequence is likely a contributing factor in more than one personal bankruptcy. According to the Huffington Post, the commonly-accepted ballpark figure for the cost of a divorce “is anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000.” As one attorney told a Huffington Post reporter, “basically it costs as much to get unmarried as it does to get married.” The cost of divorce and its subsequent impact on the people going through it could be one reason for some nations’ initiatives to attempt to curb the divorce rate. According to a different Huffington Post article, “Solveig Horne, [Norway’s] new minister for children, equality and social inclusion and a divorcee herself told a Norwegian newspaper that she’s encouraging couples to go on dates in order to rekindle the romance.” Horne’s idea, while some may say is indicative of a “nanny state,” is based in statistical fact. In 2012, reports the Huffington Post, the National Marriage Project “released a study that claimed married couples who actively kept ‘dating’ were 3.5 times more likely to say they were ‘very happy’ in their marriage.” The same survey showed that that happiness translated to good times in the bedroom: “women who went on weekly dates with their husbands experienced a higher rate of sexual satisfaction,” the report found. If nothing is working for you—even trying to “date” again—divorce may be the best option. Working with an experienced divorce attorney is essential to get you life back on track. Don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced Illinois family law attorney today.

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We all know someone who’s stayed in a relationship far past the point when the relationship stopped being healthy. Why people choose to do this is varied, but it seems that women are more likely to stay in unhappy marriages than men, at least according to Allison Pescosolido, co-founder of “Divorce Detox,” writing for the Huffington Post. “It may sound obvious to jump ship when a marriage goes south,” she says, “but there are a multitude of reasons why women who are perfectly capable of making sound decisions stay.” The least of these, of course, is that they don’t want to hurt their family. Women, according to Pescosolido, are more conditioned than men to put others first. Women Tend To Stay in Bad Marriages IMAGE

Another reason that women tend to stay in bad marriages is that their biological clock is ticking, writes Pescosolido. “Whether a woman wants to have a child or wants more children, the idea of starting over close to child-bearing age invokes feelings of desperation.” There’s also the issue of a lack of self-esteem, which, of course, is only further eroded by a bad relationship—which becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. Some women lack the financial independence to leave a bad marriage if she has not been the primary breadwinner in the relationship. This can be an especially significant factor if the divorcing couple is older. According to Forbes, “older women who have been in long-term marriages must confront unique financial issues when they’re facing divorce.” These include protecting their business, their retirement funds, their insurance, and their retirement account beneficiaries, according to Forbes.

But despite women’s apparent greater reluctance to end a bad marriage, a bad marriage is worse for women than men, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). “In poor marriages, that continual heightened stress produces physiological responses in women that can lead to poorer health [than for men], reports the APA. If you or someone you know is staying in a bad marriage but considering divorce, the most important first step is to contact an experienced divorce attorney. Don’t go through it alone. Contact our offices today.
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