Divorces are on this rise. In fact, the number of people getting divorced seems to increase every year. However, a lot of the so-called “common knowledge” about divorce is either exaggerated or flat-out wrong. If you are considering getting a divorce, it’s important that you have the most accurate information possible to help you make your decision. In this article, we examine divorce statistics in Georgia.
Do Half of All Marriages End in Divorce?
It’s often said that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. This isn’t totally accurate. In fact, the average couple who gets married today has around a 75 percent chance of staying married. That equals roughly 1 in 4 marriages that are likely to end in divorce. Also affecting this statistic is the number of times a person has been married before. For example, a first marriage is less likely to end in divorce than a second or third marriage. Therefore, the divorce rate isn’t quite as harrowing as people often believe.
Georgia Divorce Statistics
In Georgia, a couple that divorces are most likely to do so during the first four years of marriage. In 2018 and 2019, for example, divorce during the first four years of marriage was higher than any other timeframe. The odds of divorce after the first four years decline until a couple reaches year 19. However, divorces after 20 years are approximately as common as divorces that occur between years 10 and 14. In other words, divorces during the first four years are the most common, divorces decline between years five and 19, and divorces slightly increase at 20 years.
In addition, there is a generational difference in divorces in Georgia. Recent data suggests that younger people in Georgia (men and women between the ages of 20 and 24) are actually less likely to get divorced than older men and women in Georgia.
Causes of Divorce in Georgia
People get divorced for all kinds of reasons. In Georgia, there are 13 legal grounds for divorce. The grounds for divorce in Georgia are
- irretrievably broken marriage;
- mental incapacity at the time of wedding;
- impotency at the time of wedding;
- fraud, force, duress, or menace to obtain consent to the marriage;
- pregnancy by another person at the time of the wedding;
- incarceration for a crime of moral turpitude;
- habitual alcohol intoxication;
- drug addiction; and
- incurable mental illness.
Contact a Georgia Divorce Attorney
If you need a divorce, you should contact an experienced Georgia divorce attorney for assistance. At Carter/Pilgrim, experienced divorce attorney Amy Carter will guide you through the Georgia divorce process while fighting hard to ensure that you obtain a just result in your Georgia divorce case. Amy Carter has the knowledge and experience necessary to provide you with excellent legal representation in your Georgia divorce case. Please contact us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.