Alabama Divorce Rate Beats National Average

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | May 05, 2009 | 0 Comments

Alabama couples divorce at a rate one-third higher than the rest of the country, according to 2007 data released by the U.S. Department of Public Health. What's more, Alabama's divorce rate has maintained that rather high level since the 1950s, according the former director of research at the Alabama Policy Institute, John Hill, who says that stressful economic times can aggravate the divorce rate and cause it to rise even more.

In response, a number of churches around the state have reportedly implemented programs to help support those people going through a divorce. Governor Riley even signed a proclamation making February “Alabama Marriage Month,” emphasizing the importance of long-lasting, productive and healthy relationships and marriages.

At one house of worship, Woodmont Baptist Church in Florence, Belinda Green, who serves as a full-time single adult and single-parent family minister, also heads that church's divorce ministry, which was started 15 years ago. The ministry helps men and women cope with situations surrounding a divorce. It also provides an eight- to 12-week program that includes discussions and videos on a range of divorce-related topics, such as personal healing, dealing with anger, handling loneliness, starting up new relationships and caring for children.

As a Birmingham Divorce Attorney, I have for years counseled many clients considering divorce. While the path is often difficult, divorce is sometimes the only solution to a broken marital relationship. Whether you are seeking a divorce, divorce mediation or another area of family law, the legal professionals at Eversole Law work hard to help you find their way through to a happier life with a compassionate approach and knowledgeable guidance.

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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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