We have all heard that “1 of every 2 marriages will end in divorce.” But where does
that statistic come from?
The United States Census Bureau, in its Statistical Abstract of the
United States, reported that 4.7 of every 1,000 people divorced in the year 1990. That figure went
down in subsequent years:
In 2000, 4.2 of every 1,000 people divorced
3.7 of every 1,000 people divorced
In 2005, 3.6 of every 1,000 people
Hawaii’s divorce rate was consonant with the national rate. In 1990, 4.6
of every 1,000 divorced. In 2000, 3.9 of every 1,000 people divorced. Data for the years subsequent
to 2000 were not available for Hawaii (and a handful of other states).
The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the divorce rate for the United States population
was 3.6 per 1,000 people in 2005. The CDC also reported that for 2005, 43% of all first marriages
end in divorce within ten years.
Of particular concern in Hawaii divorce and elsewhere is the military divorce rate. Government
defense officials reported that surprisingly, the divorce rate in the armed forces in 2007 was 3.3,
less than the divorce rate of the general population. The single largest divorce rate was among
military women, whose marriages for years had failed at twice the rate of men in the service. In
2007, the Army reported divorces occurred in approximately 8% of servicewomen’s marriages as
opposed to only 2.6% of servicemen’s marriages (although the Army acknowledged that the data
were not firm).
These divorce statistics illustrate a likelihood of divorce. If you have
questions about Hawaii
divorce law, contact at attorney.
Prepared by the Hawaii divorce lawyers at The
Law Practice of Jackie Kong, 737 Bishop Street, Suite 2070, Mauka Tower, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813,
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