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The likelihood of divorce and factors affecting it

24393215_S.jpgDivorce statistics are calculated in a number of different ways, and each sheds a different kind of light on the divorce rate. Certain factors also raise the likelihood that any one Missouri couple might get a divorce. While the divorce rate may be around 40 to 50 percent, there is more complexity to this picture than is immediately apparent.

The crude divorce rate looks at its prevalence throughout the population annually regardless of age or marital status. In the United States, it is about 3.6 per 1,000 people for all ages and 13 per 1,000 adjusted for age 15 and older. This measure can be broadly useful for comparing divorce rates between countries. The percentage of people ever divorced stands at just over 20 percent for both women and men with slightly more women than men. However, around half of divorced women and slightly less than half of divorced men remarry.

Another annual measure, the refined divorce rate, looks at the rate per 1,000 married women. It was 19 out of every 1,000 marriages in 2011. Finally, the cohort measure rate, a complex demographic-driven calculation, is where the figure of 40 to 50 percent comes from. However, factors such as an income at or above $50,000 or a college education reduce the likelihood of divorce.

The issues that arise in a divorce are as varied as the factors that increase its likelihood. For example, for a couple with no children and few assets, a divorce may be relatively straightforward. A high-asset divorce might be complex and time-consuming. However, in either of these cases, the couple may have the opportunity to negotiate an agreement with the assistance of their respective attorneys.

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