James R. Schaffer, P.A.

Is the divorce rate really that high in Florida?

| Oct 3, 2019 | Divorce |

The statistic has been said so much that it is almost common knowledge: half of all marriages end in divorce. That is not a high level of success. But, is that “statistic” actually true anymore? After all, societal norms have been changing quite a bit over recent years, and a new generation is changing how most people approach important turning points in their lives.

So, is the divorce rate really that high in Florida? Well, while Florida, as one of the most populous states in the country, no doubt has a high number of divorce cases filed and concluded each year, the “rate” of divorce is a whole other figure. One effort to analyze divorce rates on a state-by-state basis looked at the rate of divorce per 1,000 married people. Unfortunately, the results bore out this fact: Florida is tied for the eighth-highest rate of divorce in America.

Out of 50 states, being in the top-10 is notable. While the recent divorce rate research did note that the overall divorce rate in America in recent years is at its lowest point in almost half a century, it appears that our state is maintaining a high rate of divorces.

Of course, there are many different reasons why couples in our state get divorced. For some, there is a flashpoint in the relationship that causes both spouses to know that the marriage is over. For others, the relationship may slowly deteriorate over the years, ultimately leading to a divorce. And, everything in between.