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2023 study on divorce in the US

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2023 | Divorce

Averaging around 13% since 2014, Florida typically has one of the highest divorce rates in the US. Nearly half of all first marriages end in divorce, and subsequent marriages divorce at an even higher rate. After 10 years of marriage, only 4% of couples get divorced. In 2021, there were nearly 689,000 divorces recorded in the US. To collect insight on the most common signs and causes, a 2023 study conducted by Forbes Advisor surveyed 1,000 citizens who were divorced or getting divorced.

2023 survey on divorce

Most divorces occur between the third and seventh year of marriage. Over 90% of the respondents who’d been divorced, knew other people who were also divorced. Only 27% of the respondents indicated that the split was mutual, most of the time it was initiated by one party. Close to 60% of marriages ending within the first year cite a lack of compatibility. Lack of family support, infidelity and lack of intimacy were more common in longer marriages.

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When stating the grounds required for divorce, most choose no-fault, citing irreconcilable differences. Over 30% of the couples cited incompatibility as the reason. Around 34% of the respondents’ divorces were initiated due to an affair. Adultery is grounds for a fault divorce, but many couples prefer to opt for the simpler, no-fault divorce. Other common reasons for many divorces include a lack of intimacy, lack of family support, financial stress and ongoing conflicts.

A lack of family support was the leading factor in over 40% of divorces. Over 20% of respondents cited family and friends’ disapproval of a spouse as a sign their marriage was at risk. The most common signs of divorce included losing interest in each other, poor conflict resolution, avoidance, increased criticism and poor communication. Other reasons included substance abuse, domestic violence, conflicting lifestyles and marrying too soon.