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American Divorce Statistics Are On the Rise

The United States of America is a country that prides itself at being the best in everything. It is generous to a fault, takes the lead in situations worldwide, and offers the highest standard of living to it’s people. Unfortunately, it also tops the world in the number of divorces, a statistic that is sky high and rising. Although this isn’t an area where the U.S. wants to shine, the statistics are there showing that almost 50% of the marriages in the country, 1 out of every 2, will end in divorce. Right now there are around 20,000,000 people living in America who have been divorced at least once.

Although American men are among the most caring and generous in the world, that doesn’t seem to be enough to keep couples together. The statistics as well as the reasons that marriages fail are staggering. It seems that some people are more prone to divorce. The rate is 41% for first marriages, 60% for second marriages, and 73% for third marriages. Whoever said that the third time is a charm obviously wasn’t considering American divorce rates. In addition, 25% of all adults have experienced at least 1 divorce. Even though married couples with children are statistically more likely to stay together, a 2005 estimate showed that only 63% of our children are living in homes with two biological parents.

There are a number of reasons why so many marriages are now failing. Call it a sign of the times or anything you like, but the fact remains that people just aren’t as committed to their marriages as they used to be. High on the list of reasons why is the fact that so many young couples are co-habitating before marriage. In cases like these, the divorce rate has skyrocketed to almost 85% according to one study. If the statistics are to be believed, non co-habitation should be something a couple seriously considers prior to getting married.

Another big reason for the escalating divorce rates is that our lifestyle has become a “me” society, much more so than previous generations. We all tend to think more of “me” than we do of “we”. We cherish our individual freedoms, and we don’t want to give them up, even to our spouse. Couple this with the fact that our recent years of recession have upped financial difficulties for many couples and the rising infidelity rate, and it becomes clearer why marriages just aren’t working out as they used to.

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