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By the numbers: divorce and marriage in the U.S.

Here in Nashville, we know better than most places about how styles come and go, and that what was once trendy can swiftly become passé and then trendy again. Even bedrock parts of our culture shift and change over time, including marriage and its counterpart, divorce.

According to government figures and statistics from other sources, divorce and marriage are both less popular than they were at the turn of the century.


Divorcestatistics.org says that two years ago, there were 2,140,272 weddings in the U.S., when our population was at about 308 million. That works out to a marriage rate in the U.S. of 6.9 per 1,000 people.

Compare that figure to 2000, when there were over 2,300,000 marriage ceremonies performed in a nation with a population of 281 million. That worked out to a marriage rate of 8.2.

On the other hand, there were 813,000 divorces in 2014. That works out to a divorce rate 3.2 per 1,000 people. Let's go back in time again to the year 2000. The divorce rate then was 4.0.

As you can see, divorces and marriages are both less frequent than they were just 16 years ago.

Divorcestatistics.org says that 36.6 percent of women who get married are between ages 20 to 24. Thirty-eight percent of marrying men are in that same age group. The second largest group of women is under 20 (27.6 percent), while only 11.7 percent of men are under 20 when they marry.

As always, statistics can provide useful overview of topics or concerns, but do not apply to individuals.

Those facing the prospect of divorce must confront a wide variety of emotional and legal issues, regardless of age. An experienced Nashville family law attorney can help you through a difficult time and complex process.

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