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What do the current divorce and marriage statistics say?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), works tirelessly to prevent a wide range of calamities, accidents and "bad things in general" from happening to the American public. It does this by analyzing statistics and issuing forth recommendations from experts to monitor the risks of certain bad things happening and lower the chance that these things will happen to you.

Among the many areas of focus for the CDC is, surprisingly, divorce. In the CDC's report titled "National Marriage and Divorce Rate Trends" -- which offers statistical figures up to the date of 2014 -- we can see how Americans are doing when it comes to marriage successes with the following stats:

  • In 2014, there were more than 2.1 million marriage commitments made in the United States, which means that 6.9 people out of every 1,000 got married. This is a good deal less than the year 2000, when the number was over 2.3 million, accounting for 8.2 out of every 1,000 people.
  • In 2014, 813,862 people got divorced, representing 3.2 people out of every 1,000. This figure is a good deal lower than the 944,000 people who got divorced in 2000, which accounted for four out of every 1,000 people.

What do these figures tell us? Mainly, we can see that fewer people are taking the risk to get married, and fewer people are getting divorced. Does this mean that some of the people who risked entering doomed marriages are foregoing the proceedings, resulting in lower divorce rates? Perhaps the answer to this question is impossible to know through statistics alone.

The decision to divorce is a personal one that doesn't come easily. However, when the process is done the right way, couples can divorce peacefully and cost-effectively -- in a way that supports their future happiness.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Marriage and Divorce," accessed Dec. 7, 2017

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