Over the years, studies have found that the divorce rate in the United States has been dropping dramatically. While people often like to trot out the old “half of all marriages end in divorce,” the reality is that some states show divorce rates as low as 20 percent, or one out of five. Iowa and Hawaii are two prime examples.
However, it’s important not to confuse state-based trends with national trends. Even if the rate is falling overall, it is still very high in Connecticut.
One study listed the states in three categories: 15-39 percent, 40-49 percent and 50-65 percent. The states with the lowest rates appeared in green, those in the middle appeared in orange and those in the highest bracket appeared in red.
While nearby states like New York and Massachusetts are colored in green, Connecticut is red. It falls into that 50-65 percent zone, the highest one in the United States. That puts it on par with places like Texas, Minnesota, Washington and Ohio.
The study also compared the divorce rates to countries from around the world. Connecticut was matched up with Denmark, which has a similar rate. New York, with its lower rate, was compared to South Korea.
What does this mean for your marriage? It simply means that you need to be aware of the odds of divorce and what rights you have. Overall trends may lead to things like marriages later in life and a lower rate at which couples end those marriages, but localized trends still show that the odds are very high that you will end up in court to discuss things like asset division and child custody rights as your marriage dissolves.