Alabama Divorce Rate Among Highest in the Nation

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | May 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Alabama has the third-highest divorce rate for men and fourth-highest rate for women, according to a recent report in the Anniston Star.

While marriage is often a joyous occasion, divorce can be heart-breaking. But Alabama divorce lawyers are dedicated to working to take the emotion out of a divorce. Our firm helps families work through the process by trying to minimize the psychological impact, reduce turmoil and preserve assets for the future.

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The newspaper speculates that poverty plays a role in Alabama's rankings. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state has the 10th-highest poverty rate, with its ranking for child poverty at 9th and elderly at 7th. Perhaps for couples already having problems, economic stress plays a factor in divorce.

Another factor in overall declining divorce numbers is that people are waiting longer to get married. According to the newspaper, women have more career options than they did 25 years ago and more young people pursue education after high school rather than settle down with their high school sweetheart. The older people are when they get married, the more likely they are to stay married, statistics show.

Alabama divorce rates are among the highest in the country, according to the Center for Disease Control. Statistics from 2009 suggest that 4.4 out of every 1,000 people in Alabama got divorced in 2009. Based on 2009 U.S. Census Bureau numbers, a population of 4.7 million and that divorce rate, more than 21,000 Alabamians were divorced in 2009.

The divorce process can be a legally complex process and requires trained professionals who are dedicated to putting the time and effort into preparing your case. There are many options in a divorce that should be explored before a final resolution.

Birmingham divorce mediation can be the most amicable, when couples resolve issues between them without court intervention. Collaborative divorce proceedings are also helpful to both sides, with good communication and a plan to finalize the divorce.

But sometimes divorces are so bitterly contested they require extensive attorney representation. If you are going through a contested divorce in Alabama, call a trustworthy advocate.

If you need to speak with a divorce attorney in Birmingham, contact Eversole Law at 205-981-2450 for a free consultation.

About the Author

Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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