The Census Bureau compiles information about divorce through its American Community Survey. The New York Post had some interesting observations about a study performed by 247wallstreet.com, which compared the number of divorces in 2016 compared to the number of married people in 2015.
According to the survey, in 2017, New York had the fourth lowest divorce rate in the entire country at 12.9 per every 1,000 married people. This means that for every 1,000 married people, 12.9 of them will be divorced. That rate was only slightly higher than that of New Jersey, which was third with a rate of 12.7 for every 1,000 married people.
The state with the lowest divorce was Massachusetts, with a rate of 12.3 per 1,000 married people. Also low was Hawaii, with a rate of 12.6 per 1,000 married people.
The states with the highest divorce rates?
- Arkansas: 23.4
- Idaho: 21.9
- Nevada: 21.3
Why is New York’s Divorce Rate so Low?
This is an interesting topic. Is there something about New York that makes couples want to stay together longer than otherwise?
The New York Post author identified one reason: New York’s alimony laws can make divorce a costly proposition. For example, you can automatically qualify for alimony in New York simply based on the length of your marriage.
Other states make alimony entirely discretionary, instructing a judge to look at a dozen or so factors and then decide whether to award alimony at all. If you’re going to be paying monthly alimony bills for the foreseeable future, then it might make more sense to stick it out and stay married.
Another factor might be unemployment. Financial stress is a leading cause of marital discord, so economic problems could contribute to spousal dissatisfaction. As 247wallstreet.com notes, 4 of the 10 states with the highest divorce rates had unemployment rates higher than the national average.
Long Island Divorce Attorneys
If you suspect that your marriage is on the rocks, you should consult with one of our Long Island divorce attorneys. You have many rights in a divorce, and you should enter the divorce process with your eyes wide open.
Contact Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, P.C., today. We offer a free initial consultation, which you can schedule by calling 631-328-2231.