U.S. - divorce rate 1990-2018

This graph displays the divorce rate in the United States since 1990. In 2018, the divorce rate in the U.S. stood at 2.9 per 1,000 of the population.

Divorce in the U.S.

Divorce is the termination of a marital union. In the United States, as in most other countries, it is a legal process in which a judge or another legal authority dissolves the bonds of matrimony existing between two persons. The process of divorce also normally involves issues surrounding distribution of property, financial support of the former spouse, child custody and child support. A divorce also allows a person to marry again.
In the United States divorce is, like marriage, a matter for state governments, not the federal government. Although divorce laws vary from state to state, for example on which terms a divorce can be arranged, a divorce must be certified by a court of law to become effective. Over the last couple of years both the marriage rate and the divorce rate have been declining in the United States. As of 2009, the average length of a first marriage in the U.S. was 8 years. The average age men were at when they went through their first divorce was 32, for women this was 30. The average length of a second marriage was about 10 years.

Divorce rate in the United States from 1990 to 2018

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Data from 1998 to 2017 excludes a number of states:
1998/1999 excludes data for California, Colorado, Indiana, and Louisiana.
2000/2001 excludes data for California, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklaoma.
2002 excludes data for California, Indiana, Oklahoma.
2003 excludes data for California, Hawaii, Indiana, Oklahoma.
2004 excludes data for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana.
2005-2011 excludes data California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, and Minnesota.
2013-2015 excludes data for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, and Minnesota.
2016 excludes data for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico
2017 excludes data for California, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico
2018 excludes data for California, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico.
Data for years 1990 to 1999 can be found here.

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