Many people don’t realize just how many divorce cases happen in the U.S. each year — so when someone is dealing with a divorce in their own life it can really feel isolating, like there’s no one else around who understands.
With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the numbers behind divorce cases in the U.S., along with some other statistics about related parts of family law:
- 10%: The estimated portion of the American population that is divorced — which is a pretty substantial percentage! These days, the dissolution of a marriage often isn’t considered to be a failure; instead, it’s an agreement between two people that their marriage just wasn’t working.
- $15,000 – $30,000: The amount of money it can cost to get a divorce in the U.S. No one really expects this price to be so high, and it’s a bit jarring to see the bills and fees come through and add up. While it’s not exactly possible to avoid this cost altogether, it just means that you want to be sure that you’re working with experienced and professional specialized attorneys who will help you through it all.
- 95%: The percentage of divorce cases in the U.S. that reach a settlement outside of the court room — which is probably a lot more than popular TV shows and movies would have you believe! The majority of divorce proceedings are handled by experienced attorneys rather than a judge simply because it’s more affordable for the couple, it’s less time-consuming, and it generally ends better for all parties involved. Especially if there are children involved in the situation, negotiation and mediation of divorce tends to be much less stressful on the children and the parents are able to focus on the well being of their kids rather than on fighting with each other.
When it comes to divorce these days, it’s definitely not an easy process for most people to go through — but if you happen to be facing one right now, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.