Divorce And Marriage Rates

divorce and marriage rates
Is their a certain race and/or social class that is more prone for divorce?

I know the divorce rate is at like 60 or 70%, but is certain races more destined for divorce than others?

Are rich/poor people more prone for divorce than say middle class?

Is here any site/study that breaks the divorce/marriage rate down into specific catogories?

No. There is no race or class more or less prone to divorce. There are, however, personality types and incompatible couples who will never survive a long term partnership. Also, the evolotion of an individual over time, even one involved in a relationship, can lead to a life change that can lead to divorce/separation.

The belief that one out of every two American marriages ends in divorce is widespread. But the heavily quoted 50% figure is actually an informed guess based on sociologists’ projections of how many marriages are likely to end in divorce or separation before one of the spouses dies. Like any broad measure, that number can be misleading when applied to individual couples.

Divorce rates vary widely based on your age at marriage, income, education, length of marriage, and other factors. And some studies even suggest the lifetime probability of divorce may be declining.

Your life stage matters, too. Half of all divorces occur within the first seven years of marriage. Also risky is the period during which your first child reaches the age of 14, when marital satisfaction tends to reach a low ebb.

Loneliness drives many divorced people to seek out peers. Nine out of 10 married internet users who log on to singles websites log on to find relief from isolation. Many Web surfers turn to the internet searching for “anybody out there like me”

The annual rate of divorce — divorces that year divided by the total of existing marriages — is actually quite low, running at around 4%. That doesn’t really tell you much, since each couple is at risk for divorce over the life of a marriage. The 50, 60% or 80% estimates currently being quoted in the press attempts to reflect that, but it’s an imperfect measure. For one, it’s based on the assumption that the annual death and divorce rates will stay the same, which is unlikely. In the past 140 years, the divorce rate has remained stable in only three decades: the 1950s, 1980s and 1990s.

This “lifetime divorce rate” appears to be falling in the USA to roughly 43%, according to the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. Two factors may be at work: The rising average age at marriage, and increased education levels. Also, stats are hard to track with the rise of premarital sex and more marriages between partners from different racial and religious backgrounds.

There are many university studies that look into marriage/divorce demographics. I have a few on my bookshelf…

Newly available US federal data shows the likelihood of divorce among women with college degrees has fallen quite a bit since the 1970s, compared with less well-educated women. Based on the proportion of first marriages that fail within 10 years rates as much as 50% lower amongst college educated women were found compared to women with no college education.

It has been widely believed that divorce risks rise when a woman earns more than her husband. But studies suggest divorce is less likely when one partner depends on the other financially — regardless of whether it’s the man or the woman. The odds of divorce are highest when husbands and wives contribute about equally to family income, suggesting that spouses feel less obligated to each other in such cases.

Living together or having sex before marriage isn’t linked to higher divorce — as long as it’s with the partner you later marry. Sleeping around or living with more than one man, on the other hand, raises women’s divorce risk sharply, compared with women who have never had sex or lived with a man before marriage.

Finding a partner of strong moral fiber will help. Particular race or social status does not play as much of a role as individual character and family background.

Even then, each of us is on a unique journey and changes will occur that often are beyond previously made plans.

Good luck.