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Divorce Rates in North Carolina

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017

No one goes into a marriage expecting to get divorced, but it is a well-known fact that approximately half of all marriages eventually end in divorce. Each divorce is unique in its own devastating way, and the emotional toll can cause stress for years. There are finances to worry about, children, cars, pets, and a whole host of other issues. What is worse is that today divorce is much more common than it used to be. However, it is a small comfort to know that the increase in the divorce rate is indicative of growing societal acceptance of it, and because of that, it is much easier to get a divorce in cases where you fear for your safety, as in a domestic violence case.

According to this article on the North Carolina Fox News website, the number of divorces has increased drastically in the United States from 1970 up to 2010. In this list of the 25 cities where the number of divorces has increased the most, North Carolina has 3 entries, all of which are pretty high up on the list. Raleigh clocks in at number 10, with over a 200% increase in the rate of divorces from 1970 to 2010. Up next is Charlotte Carolina at number 9, followed by Greensboro at number 4, with a 260% increase in the rate of divorce since 1970. These figures are staggering. Why is there an increase in divorce rates? Why is it hitting North Carolina particularly hard? It is hard to say with absolute certainty why divorces are on the rise, but a decrease in the popularity of religions that advocate partnering for life, as well as an increase in the availability of birth control and treatments for common sexually transmitted diseases, are making it easier for members of both sexes to move from one partner to the next.

With an increase in the rate of divorces, particularly in North Carolina where three of its cities rank among the top 25, divorce lawyers are higher in demand. Marshall & Taylor PLLC, a Raleigh divorce firm, is just one of these firms that can also cover domestic abuse cases, an unfortunate result of people having more partners.

Many young people today are choosing not to marry. Some cite the economic benefits of remaining single, others claim that they do not feel that they need to drop potentially thousands of dollars on a wedding it is the social norm, while others simply do not wish to be tied down with the same person for the rest of their lives. It is also more socially acceptable now for women to have careers, and many are choosing to delay marriage until they have a strong foothold in their career and can support themselves independently. More people are also choosing to go to college instead of getting married directly out of high school. Maybe this means that the divorce rate will actually decrease in the next few decades? Or will the marriage rate just go down?  

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