Whether you are in the early stages of filing for a divorce or you are already in the middle of a difficult divorce, you should know that you are not alone. Every year, many married couples across the U.S. decide to bring their marriage to an end for various reasons, from infidelity to domestic violence and incompatibility.
Sometimes, people have hesitance with respect to getting a divorce, whether they feel ashamed or do not want to deal with divorce-related stressors. However, it is important to think about your future and take steps to move on if you are stuck in a dysfunctional marriage that you cannot salvage.
Statistics on the divorce process
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data from 45 states as well as Washington D.C. show that 746,971 couples ended their marriage over the course of 2019. To look at these statistics in another way, 2.7 out of every 1,000 people got a divorce or an annulment in 2019. During the same year, more than two million couples got married, and some of them will inevitably get a divorce at a later point.
Divorce rates over the years
Data shows that in recent years, fewer couples have ended their marriage. In 2018, more than 782,000 couples got a divorce or annulment, while 2009 saw 840,000 married couples end their marriage. In 2002, 955,000 couples got a divorce or annulment.
Clearly, these statistics show that many couples continue to bring their marriage to an end. If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you should realize that many other couples are in a similar position.