Could Where You Live Determine Your Divorce Odds?
Posted on October 15th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
According a recent survey 2011 American Community Service, your marriage may have a better chance of lasting if you live in the Northeast of the United States. I’m not sure what that means for us Midwesterners…………other than we may have to work harder. Analyst were quick to say that stats revolved around three main factors for successful marriages– age, education and wealth. But then, isn’t that always the winning combination? Except for youth and beauty which sometimes conflict with age?
The Bureau found that married couples in New Jersey had the lowest percentage of residents 18 and older who are divorced and New York came in as a close second……. I know, New Jersey? Actually, they found that in New Jersey, only 9.1 percent of adults are divorced compared with almost 52% of it residents 18 and older who are married. If like me, you have been forced to watch an episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, then you may question these low divorce rate statistics…………but I cannot say with any conviction that couples on The Real Housewives of New Jersey are really like most of us in U.S. homes/marriages………..let’s hope not!! Alllotta drama! Which is why it is a reality show.
The New York Times reported the data and gave an explanation according to Naomi Cahn, a professor at George Washington University Law School, “Marriages are more likely to last for longer periods of time when people marry at an older age, have a higher education and ear more, and in New Jersey scores high on these three criteria. New Jerseyans are more likely than residents of most states to delay marriage until after they complete college and graduate school. There are fewer diverse in New Jersey because there are fewer risk factors.”
Debra Carr, professor at Rutgers said that New Jersey residents are likely to postpone marriage until they are “emotionally and financially ready”. Much the same can be said for states such as New York down to South Carolina. Nevada had the highest percentage of divorce at 14.7% as well as Wyoming, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee were all over 13.5 percent
As well, the state of the economy has had an impact on divorce rates. According to Mel Schwartz, a psychotherapist who has studied and written on the topic said, “Divorce is far less a stigma than it used to be. However, the current economic conditions may force many people to remain unhappily married due to financial constraints”.
So why is a personal injury interested in divorce rate
When choosing an attorney, the same rules apply as if you were shopping for a personal injury attorney. First, you want a lawyer you can trust. Second, you want a lawyer that will hold open, honest communication with you and third, you want a lawyer that will treat you like an individual and not just another case……………………..it’s called customer service. Whether you are buying a car, a home, or seeking legal advice, you want to talk/work with a good person.
When shopping for an attorney, first contact an attorney that you trust as a person. More often than not, he or she can then give you the name of a family law lawyer that they trust. When I needed will planning done, I called on some of my colleagues who recommended a great estate attorney. Attorneys specialize for the same reason that doctors specialize—so we can gain deeper understanding and trench experience in a specific area. While a dermatologist treats skin all over the body, I practice personal injury cases where individuals have been seriously injured in an accident whether it is a motorcycle accident, car accident, truck accident or pedestrian accident, many similar principles apply. I don’t try to be a tax attorney or a family law attorney……………just like a doctor, I know a little about a lot of the law but I know a lot about my area of the law.
So, if you are in need of an attorney, you probably are not happy about it…….unless you have won the lottery and need an attorney to set up and plan your estate. If you are looking for a personal injury attorney, then probably something unpleasant has happened to you such as a car accident or a lung injury. Whatever your need, we work to assist you in getting information that you need.
At The Cagle Law Firm, consultations are always free. Contact Zane T. Cagle at (314) 276-1681 for your information today.