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Divorce rate dropped in 2015

According to data compiled by Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the divorce rate in the United States declined in 2015. In 2014, there were 17.6 divorces per 1,000 married women, but in 2015, there were 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women. Georgia couples will be interested to know that this is the lowest the national divorce rate has been in nearly 40 years. The peak was in 1980, when there were nearly 23 divorces per 1,000 women.

Hawaii was the state with the lowest divorce rate in the nation in 2015, while the District of Columbia had the highest. Several factors can influence the likelihood of a couple getting divorced, including their level of wealth and education. On average, there is a 50 percent likelihood that marriages will end in divorce. Although marriage rates have declined in the past, they went up slightly in 2015, with 32.2 marriages for every 1,000 unmarried women.

There are a number of legal issues surrounding divorce. One of the biggest is property division. If a divorce is amicable, the former spouses may be able to come to an agreement between themselves about who retains possession of what.

In many cases, however, the matter is decided in court by a judge because the two parties cannot reach an agreement, even after their respective attorneys have interceded. Many disputes arise at this stage of the proceedings. Georgia follows the principle of equitable distribution, which means that a court will divide marital property on the basis of what it deems to be fair. This will not necessarily result in an equal split, however.

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