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New Jersey's divorce rate: 4th lowest in the country

The National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University claims that New Jersey boasts a low divorce rate compared to states in other parts of the country. In fact, it's the fourth lowest out of all the 50 states. The national average is 16.9 divorces out of every 1,000 women annually; and, New Jersey's figure is 13.9 divorces out of every 1,000 women annually.

If you're going through a divorce right now, you might view these statistics as disheartening. You might say, "What's wrong with my marriage, and why am I different." However, as with any statistical figures -- especially those pertaining to marriage and divorce, it's important to take a step back and look at the big picture. In fact, not only does New Jersey boast a low divorce rate, but it also boasts a low marriage rate. Fewer couples are getting married in New Jersey compared to other states. Also, those couples who do get married in New Jersey are often getting married when they're older than people getting married in other states.

These extra pieces of information can better explain the above statistics. When fewer people get married, fewer people get divorced. Also, when people wait to get married until later in life, they will be less likely to get a divorce because they'll take more care in choosing their partners and take their marital union more seriously.

Do you feel like it's time to bring your marriage to a close? A skilled New Jersey divorce lawyer can help you review your legal rights and options as they relate to marital asset division, child custody, child support and other details that could pertain to your divorce proceedings.

Source: New Jersey 101.5, "Staying married forever — Do you have a better shot in New Jersey?," Dino Flammia, June 29, 2017

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