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Divorce Rate by US State

Divorce rate by state

The following lists the number of divorces annually per 1,000 population in each state (source):

State Marriage rate Divorce rate[1]
1999 2000 2006 2008 2010 2011 1999 2000 2006 2008 2010 2011[30] 2012
Alabama 10.6 9.8 10.8 10.1 9.4 9.8 6.1 6.0 5.7 5.5 5.4 4.3 5.4
Alaska 10.2 9.0 8.6 8.9 8.1 8.3 5.5 5.0 5.0 3.9 4.3 4.8 4.6
Arizona 10.0 8.8 8.2 7.5 7.5 6.6 6.9 6.2 4.6 4.6 4.0 3.9 4.7
Arkansas 15.3 14.4 14.8 15.4 14.3 14.3 6.9 6.3 6.2 6.4 6.2 5.3 6.2
California[2] 7.9 6.3 6.4 5.8 6.5 6.2 4.3
Colorado 9.8 9.0 8.2 8.3 8.2 7.9 5.5 4.8 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.4
Connecticut 7.9 6.6 5.8 5.7 5.4 5.7 3.2 2.9 3.0 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.3
Delaware 8.4 7.3 6.7 6.5 6.5 6.4 4.4 5.0 4.5 3.9 3.9 3.6 3.5
District of Columbia 8.2 6.1 6.6 4.9 6.2 5.1 4.5 3.2 3.6 3.2 2.9 2.9 2.4
Florida 10.9 9.9 8.7 8.9 9.2 9.4 6.3 5.5 5.1 5.1 5.2 4.5 5.1
Georgia 10.3 8.4 7.8 6.8 6.1 6.5 5.5 5.1 4.1 3.3 3.1 2.5
Hawaii 16.4 15.7 18.9 20.6 19.6 20.7 4.6 4.6 3.8 3.9 4.0 3.7
Idaho 13.9 13.1 12.1 10.8 11.2 10.9 6.5 5.8 5.4 5.5 5.3 4.9 5.3
Illinois 8.8 6.9 7.0 6.9 7.2 6.6 3.8 3.2 3.3 3.2 3.2 2.6 2.9
Indiana 9.6 8.6 8.1 7.9 7.9 7.8
Iowa 9.0 7.7 7.9 6.9 7.1 6.9 3.9 3.7 3.3 3.3 3.3 2.4 3.1
Kansas 9.2 8.5 7.1 8.3 7.5 7.3 5.0 4.1 3.4 3.6 3.4 3.9 3.6
Kentucky 13.5 12.2 10.9 9.8 9.0 9.0 5.8 5.9 5.5 5.1 5.1 4.4 5.2
Louisiana 9.6 9.3 9.1 9.1 8.4 8.2
Maine 9.7 8.7 8. 8.8 8.6 8.4 4.3 4.4 5.1 5.0 4.7 4.2 4.6
Maryland 9.7 8.4 7.5 7.5 7.0 7.1 3.4 3.0 3.2 3.3 2.9 2.9 3.4
Massachusetts 7.9 7.1 6.2 5.8 6.2 5.9 2.8 2.2 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.7 2.5
Michigan 8.2 7.3 6.8 6.7 6.6 6.5 4.3 4.1 3.8 3.9 3.9 3.4 3.8
Minnesota 7.7 7.0 6.8 6.8 6.6 6.5 3.5 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.1
Mississippi 9.4 7.9 7.8 6.9 6.5 6.4 5.5 4.8 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 4.9
Missouri 9.6 8.3 8.1 7.8 7.5 7.3 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.5 4.2 3.9 4.0
Montana 8.6 7.6 7.4 7.3 7.1 7.2 5.1 4.8 2.8 4.2 4.2 4.0 4.0
Nebraska 8.0 7.3 7.5 7.6 7.9 7.5 4.0 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.6
Nevada 99.0 85.2 82.3 72.2 69.7 67.4 11.4 7.8 7.8 9.9 6.3 5.6 7.1
New Hampshire 9.5 8.3 7.9 9.4 8.4 8.3 4.7 4.2 5.1 4.8 4.4 2.9 4.3
New Jersey 7.6 6.5 5.9 6.0 6.4 6.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.3 2.9 3.4
New Mexico 8.8 8.8 8.0 8.0 7.6 7.9 4.9 6.6 4.6 5.1 4.9 3.3 4.4
New York 8.6 8.0 7.3 7.1 7.6 7.3 3.2 3.0 3.3 3.0 3.5 2.9 3.4
North Carolina 7.8 8.4 8.5 8.2 7.5 7.7 5.1 5.0 4.6 4.5 4.6 3.7 4.5
North Dakota 7.5 7.1 6.6 7.2 6.5 6.8 3.6 3.4 4.4 3.4 2.9 2.7 3.0
Ohio 9.0 8.0 7.8 7.8 7.2 7.0 4.7 4.3 3.9 4.2 4.0 3.4 4.0
Oklahoma 10.6 8.6 6.8 7.7 6.6 5.2
Oregon 8.9 8.1 7.6 7.6 7.5 7.1 5.5 4.7 4.6 4.8 4.8 3.8 4.6
Pennsylvania 7.1 6.2 6.1 6.0 5.8 5.7 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.1 2.8 3.1
Rhode Island 8.1 7.3 7.5 7.6 8.1 7.7 3.7 3.6 2.7 2.9 3.1 3.2 3.2
South Carolina 15.9 11.9 10.2 10.6 9.9 9.3 4.5 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.2 3.4
South Dakota 11.1 9.9 9.1 9.4 8.9 8.8 3.7 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.3 3.3 3.3
Tennessee 13.9 15.5 14.7 15.5 13.5 13.1 6.5 6.2 5.8 5.9 5.2 4.3 5.1
Texas 10.5 9.9 9.1 9.4 9.1 8.4 5.5 5.2 3.8 4.0 4.0 3.2 3.9
Utah 11.2 10.7 9.6 10.8 10.2 10.4 5.1 4.4 4.0 4.3 4.2 3.7 4.1
Vermont 10.9 10.3 10.0 10.0 9.8 9.7 4.5 4.7 4.4 4.1 4.3 3.6 4.2
Virginia 11.4 10.2 9.2 8.8 8.8 8.6 4.4 4.3 4.4 4.3 4.2 3.8 4.2
Washington 9.5 7.7 7.2 6.9 7.0 6.5 5.9 5.4 5.0 4.6 4.5 4.1 4.6
West Virginia 7.2 6.1 7.5 8.7 7.9 8.1 5.3 5.2 4.9 5.1 5.2 5.2 5.2
Wyoming 7.9 7.0 6.7 6.7 6.5 6.3 3.6 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.2 2.9 3.2
Wyoming 10.7 10.6 9.9 10.0 10.1 9.5 6.6 6.6 5.7 5.8 5.8 4.8 5.4

What Happens in Divorce Court?

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Facts

When you arrive in divorce court you will need to know the facts of your case and it helps to rehearse these facts with your divorce attorney.

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Objectivity

The divorce court judge will want to know the truth of the matter regarding the divorce and will do his or her best to judge with objectivity.

Emotions

It is alright to feel nervous, stressful or anxious because divorce is a serious process. Accept your emotions and be authentic with the outcome you desire.

Honesty

Tell the truth because telling the truth even if your ex spouse lies I hope you to maintain clarity and ultimately the truth always comes out and is remembered.

Divorce Court can be an emotional experience for everyone (except for experienced judges and divorce attorneys who should be used to it). Knowing what to anticipate in Divorce Court is probably the most concerning part because it is unknown.

If you are to go to divorce court, the expectation is that you know your side of the story – the facts of your divorce case. Don’t assume that your Divorce Mind approved attorney is going to know everything about your story and all you have to do is show up to Divorce Court. Should that happen,  you will be doing your divorce case a major disfavor.

Most divorce attorneys will counsel you that going to Divorce Court simply is not a black and white outcome. You must read your paperwork, understand your position, rehearse it and know it  when you enter the courtroom. It is also recommended that you read your spouse’s arguement that was presented to the divorce court. When you enter Divorce Court be prepared and ready, and this is what will ensure you of the best possible outcome.

Feeling anxious or scared in divorce court is totally natural and human. In fact, it would be strange if you were not feeling stressed out about your divorce case. If you do not find yourself feeling emotional about your divorce, it would actually be strange. When you are in divorce court, your attorney and the judge expect you to be factual, honest and logical. Another important expectation from the judge and your divorce lawyer is that you will tell the truth as you understand it in Divorce Court – even should your ex-spouse tell a lie.

What Should You Expect in Divorce Court From Your Divorce Lawyer?

Most ethical divorce lawyers will agree with what follows and this is the expectation of Divorce Mind approved lawyers.

When your lawyer arrives in Divorce Court, s/he will be prepared and professional. S/he will be familiar with your divorce case. S/he will know the facts of your case, know your testimony, be prepared with the questions that your spouse be will be asked, and have a plan for how the arguments of your divorce case will be presented to the judge.

Expect your divorce lawyer to communicate with your ex’s attorney while in Divorce Court. The divorce law community is a small community in most counties and all experienced professionals will know each other. The divorce lawyers who only practice divorce law almost always know the opposition well because of other divorce cases. Divorce lawyers are expected to be able to discuss their case in attempts to find resolution and reduce the chances that the Divorce Court has to attempt resolve everything

One expectation to have is that your divorce lawyer will share with out the outcomes of the divorce case as day progresses. In Divorce Court, your divorce attorney should be in routine communication with you regarding the following topics:

  • the status of discussions with your spouse’s attorney
  • the status of the settlement potential
  • routine status updates on your divorce case
  • when your divorce case is anticipated to begin

These factors outline the minimum expectations of what to expect in divorce court.

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