If you are thinking about filing for divorce, it is essential to realize that you are not alone. Every year, couples in Alabama and across the country file for divorce. From infidelity to intimate partner violence, marriages end for a host of reasons, and divorce can help some people move forward in their lives.
It is helpful to take a closer look at statistics on the end of marriage in order to understand how prevalent divorce actually is.
Comparing Alabama’s divorce rate with the rest of the U.S.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more couples file for divorce in Alabama in comparison to the U.S. national average. In fact, Alabama tied with West Virginia as the state with the seventh-highest rate of divorce during 2018. In 2018, there were 9.8 divorces for every 1,000 women 15 and older in Alabama, compared to 7.7 across the entire U.S.
Looking at Alabama’s divorce rate over a 10-year period
In 2008, the divorce rate in Alabama was notably higher, according to Census Bureau data. In fact, the rate of divorce for every 1,000 women ages 15 and older in 2008 was 13.5. Compared to 2018, Alabama saw roughly 3.7 more divorces per 1,000 women 15 and older in 2008. That said, fewer women 15 and over got married in 2018 (17.1 per 1,000) when compared to 2008 (20.7 per 1,000).
These statistics shed light on the prevalence of divorce among couples in Alabama and the rest of the country. You should not feel trapped in a dysfunctional marriage and you should note that many couples decide to move forward with the divorce process every year.