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Divorce statistics in the United States may surprise some

In the early 2000's, the National Center for Health Statistics released a study regarding divorces and cohabitations in the United States. People may be surprised by the findings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marriages end in separation or divorce 20 percent of the time among married couples within the first five years. The likelihood expands to 49 percent among unmarried but cohabitating couples. The numbers jump even higher after 10 years, with approximately one in every three marriages ending in a divorce, and premarital cohabitation breakups at 62 percent.

The study involved interviews with approximately 11,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. It also looked at factors that lead to separation and divorce such as the women's childhoods and whether they lived in a two parent family, the impact of religion in the women's upbringing, the income of the family growing up and the age of the women when they enter inter a marriage or cohabitation relationship.

There is always a lot on the line when entering into a divorce, especially a high-net worth divorce which may have serious financial implications to both spouses. And, the decision to get a divorce occasionally includes factors such as children within the marriage and the financial situation of the couple.

It is crucial to understand the laws and be aware of potential ramifications if people do properly proceed. People's best judgment may not be what's best for them; in such situations, and therefore, people may want to speak with a legal professional familiar with high asset divorce to learn the best way to proceed to maximize their chances of getting a favorable outcome.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, "New Report Sheds Light on Trends and Patterns in Marriage, Divorce, and Cohabitation," Accessed on June 14, 2016

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