Every year there are an estimated one million divorces. By comparison, about two million marriages occur annually. But why are divorces happening so often? It’s been said that the number one reason for divorce is lack of communication. And woman are usually the ones to initiate the divorce, with 65 percent of U.S divorces initiated by women.
Not only are people getting divorced, but they are afraid to get married, because of divorce. In a study done by Cornell University, it was found that 2 out of 3 of the participants said they were scared of the social, legal, emotional and economic consequences of divorce. Sharon Sassler, an associate professor at Cornell, says that this may be because there are so many high-profile stories about divorce, like Kim Kardashian’s and Jennifer Lopez’s.
States with the highest divorce rates include: Nevada, Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Wyoming, Alaska and Kentucky. States with the lowest divorce rates include: Iowa, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Maryland, Connecticut and New York.
Divorce can be costly too. The estimated cost of divorce is around $15,000 and an estimated 115,000 women lost health insurance every year due to divorce.
Want to learn more about divorce trends in the United States? Check out the infographic below presented by InsuranceQuotes.