Useful Facts about
60% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. 67 to
75% of all divorces are initiated by the female partner: 74 to
80% of unilateral (non-mutual) divorces. (Percentages vary
only slightly from the US to Australia to Germany and from
study to study.)
No gender difference in the number of divorce filings appears
for grounds of violence (6% of filings), "exploitation" (one
contributing more than receiving - 20%), or adultery. "The
question of custody absolutely swamps all the other variables.
Children are the most important asset in a marriage, and the
partner who expects to get sole custody is by far the most
likely to file for divorce."
Women are much more willing
to divorce because they rarely fear losing custody of the
children. Usually it gives them control over them. "If you
remove that distortion, it's apt to change the way men and
women relate to each other and to their kids. Fathers are
likely to spend more time with kids if they can expect to
still see them after the divorce is final. Women will be more
likely to see men as parenting partners, and less likely to
use divorce as a power play."
U.S. states with high levels of joint custody (> 30% of
divorces) have significantly lower divorce rates four years
later. Their four-year decline in divorce rates is double that
of states with medium levels of joint custody arrangements (10
- 30%), and over four times that of states having low levels
of joint custody (< 10%).
Facts to Consider if
things aren't Well with You and Your Spouse
Half of marriages in the
United States will end in divorce (1997).
Divorce is higher when a
marriage is preceded by a premarital pregnancy or
Divorce goes down during
economic hardship for a couple
Couples who live together
prior to marriage experience greater dissatisfaction
Due to early divorce and
the decreased likelihood today of staying married “for the
sake of the children,” younger children are more and more
likely to be affected.
50% of all children from
divorced families are more likely to have difficulties
Children may also be very
damaged by their parent’s bad marriage; their school work may
suffer, as well as self-esteem, increased anger, depression,
and self-blame, conflicts with authority, and their own
ability to have a good marriage (role modeling and family
About 38% of all couples
divorce within four years of marriage; this probably
represents for many a breakdown in the marriage and separation
within the first two years.
A divorce lawyer once said
that five years after a divorce many clients have told him,
“If I’d only known how hard divorce is, I would have tried
harder the first time.”
Divorce is likely to be
followed by remarriage (5 of 6 men remarry within 1-3 years; 3
out of 4 divorced women remarry; women stay single 5 years or
more before remarriage; many decide they won’t marry again),
but unless the issues of the previous marriage are dealt with
problems will continue.
Facts about Children of
Children with divorced parents are more likely to exhibit
signs of early disengagement from school than children from
intact families. One possible reason for lower academic
achievement is reduced income in the custodial parent's home.
For example, income
differences account for between 30 and 50 percent of
the overall difference in high school graduation rates
among children from two parent and single parent
Children who move
frequently do not receive specialized educational
services, nor do they receive the individual attention
they may need from teachers in order to identify gaps
in their knowledge.
The psychological effect of divorce on children fades within
three years but academic performance continues to decline.
Children from divorced families have a high risk of becoming
Divorce related terms
An amount of money under a court or administrative order that
is due and owed by the non-custodial parent for the support of
the parent's child(ren).
A divorce agreement spells out the terms of the divorce and
the relationship between the two spouses after the divorce.
These agreements usually cover property division, child
custody and child plans, debt division, spousal support, and
any other relevant issues related to the divorce.
A type of alimony payment that is made to one spouse pending
separation or divorce proceedings.
A form of visitation in which an adult supervisor must be
present when the child is visiting with the non-custodial
Domestic Violence Petition
This form serves as your application for a protective order.
After obtaining this from the clerk of court, then completing
and returning, it will be reviewed by a judge.
The parent who has physical custody of the children.
A non-adversarial process in which a neutral third party acts
to encourage and help disputing parties reach a mutually
acceptable agreement. May not be a good option when domestic
violence is present.
When a parent leaves a child without enough care, supervision,
support, or parental contact for an excessive period of time.
Residual Physical Custodial Rights
A custody agreement when one parent is awarded visitation by a
pre-arranged schedule worked out between the parents or the
A divorce where both parties are able to make a mutually
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