Marriage and Divorce Rates Higher in Alabama, South Than Northeast, Census Says

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Aug 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that where you live may influence your marriage and your willingness to divorce, USA Today reports.

Alabama was among seven states, along with Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas with the highest marriage rates and highest divorce rates in the country, the report states.

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Divorce in Alabama, or anywhere else for that matter, can be a difficult process. And regardless of where you live, it can be made much easier by hiring an experienced Birmingham Divorce Lawyer.  A good lawyer will take into consideration all factors, including your finances,  as well as child care needs, property division, debt division, avoiding tax hits and other things that the average person may not think about in order to work toward the best possible outcome in a tough situation.

The study's main finding is that people in the South are more likely to marry earlier and have less education, both of which are factors that increase the likelihood of divorce. People in the Northeast, on average, have more education and marry later in life.

The report was the first of its kind since a 1991 report based on 1988 data. The numbers are based on 3 million households in the American Community Survey from 2009. Researchers said that because data was pulled during the height of the recession, the numbers may actually be higher. Some single people have postponed their marriages because of financial reasons and married people may have put off divorce because of the costs involved.

The survey also found that on a national level, people are getting married later and later in life. Census data showed that in 1890, the average age for first marriage was 26.1 for men and 22 for women. It's now 28.4 for men and 26.5 for women.

As the Alabama Divorce & Family Law Attorney Blog recently reported, growing older doesn't necessarily reduce the likelihood of a divorce in Alabama, either. A recent report found that conflict levels remain largely unchanged, which refutes the idea that people mellow out later in life and cause fewer arguments.

Whatever the reason for divorce and whenever the timing, handling a divorce by yourself can make things worse. Each spouse is likely already stressed about the frustration of a marriage falling apart. If children are involved, the process is even more complex.

Financial stresses can also play a factor. There will now be twice as many living expenses and bills, rent to pay and possibly a new car to purchase. That's on top of whichever spouse has to care for the children or pay child support or alimony.

But an experienced Birmingham Divorce Lawyer can take away a lot of that stress by being a buffer during court hearings and mediation sessions, if the case requires the intervention of the court system. Even in a cooperative divorce in Alabama, where spouses agree to major property division and children issues, a lawyer should be consulted to analyze the agreements and ensure that the agreements truly benefit the client.

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Marriage, divorce rates higher in the South, lower in Northeast, by Sharon Jayson, USA Today

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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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