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Divorce Statistics for 2022

Divorce is a matter that that affects and impacts many people in New Jersey and across the United States every year. A look at some divorce statistics can help us better understand the overall impact of marriage dissolution in the state and country. According to the American Psychological Association, around 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States end up getting divorced. This is a primary fact that overarches other divorce statistics. With this in mind, we present a discussion of five key divorce statistics for 2022:

  • Number of marriages that ended in divorce in 2022
  • Average cost of a divorce in 2022
  • Married individuals with multiple divorces in 2022
  • Gender more prone to commence divorce proceedings in 2022
  • Divorces with children in 2022

We take a moment to discuss each of these key 2022 divorce-related statistics with you. Our hope is that this will provide you a broader overview of the state of marriage and of divorce in New Jersey and across the United States at this point in time.

Number of Marriages that Ended in Divorce in 2022

 As the 2022 calendar year drew to a close, it was estimated that more than 1 million marriages ended in divorce by the end of the year in the United States. Keep in mind that not all of the divorces filed in 2022 have yet come to a conclusion. A small fraction of these cases may end up in a reconciliation between the parties. However, that number will not be large enough to change the estimated number of marriages on a course to end in 2022.

This number of U.S. divorces has been increasing steadily since 2020. A number of reasons why there has been an increase in recent years in the U.S. divorce rate have been discussed by experts in the field. At the top of most lists is the impact of the pandemic on married couples and families.

Average Cost of a Divorce in 2022

The cost associated with ending a marriage in the United States depends on a variety of issues that include:

  • Complexity of a marriage dissolution case
  • Geographic location of divorcing couple
  • Ability of a specific couple to communicate and negotiate

The average cost of divorce in 2022 is projected to be nearly $20,000 per couple. This figure doesn’t include any additional fees or expenses associated with child custody arrangements or property division decisions. Some individuals may see this figure and shy away from seeking legal counsel when seeking a divorce. Another reality is that many couples who do not promptly obtain legal counsel when involved in divorce cases end up spending more in the long run – and end up not prevailing on issues that are important to them.

Married Individuals with Multiple Divorces

When it comes to 2022 divorce statistics, an estimated 25 percent of all divorces in 2022 were estimated to have involved at least one spouse who was previously wed. This statistic reflects how common remarriage is among adults today. It also arguably reflects how quickly relationships can end.

Gender More Prone to Commence Divorce Proceedings in 2022

Approximately 70 percent of divorces in 2022 were filed by women rather than men. This is despite accompanying data that shows men initiate the majority of separations overall. There are a number of reasons why women might be quicker at formally filing for a marriage dissolution. Among them is the need to access protections of different types that can be provided to a divorcing spouse when a marriage dissolution case is started.

Divorces Involved Parents with Children in 2022

According to research conducted by Pew Research Center, around half of all divorces that occurred in 2022 were among couples who had at least one child together already. This statistic has remained consistent over recent years. This statistic suggestions that having children does not necessarily act as a deterrent from separating from a marital partner.

Examining recent trends in regard to divorce in New Jersey and across the United States does not mean that is how your own marital dissolution case will proceed. However, understanding current divorce trends can help you better prepare if you are facing the prospect of an end to your own marriage at this juncture in time. If you wish to have a free consultation concerning a New Jersey divorce, call (201) 845-7400.

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