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Affairs aren't the only cause of divorce

Updated on August 4, 2014

For every thousand people, 500 stay married and 500 divorce.

Of the 500 of those divorcees, 125 stay single and 375 marry again.

Of the 375, 185 stay married and 190 divorce.

Of the 190 divorcees, 133 marry and 57 stay single.

Of the 133, 54 stay married and 79 divorce.

Of the 79, 32 stay single and 47 stay married.

Therefore, 786 of the original 1,000 end up married after all is said and done.

In many developed countries, divorce rates increased significantly during the twentieth century. Among the states in which divorce has become commonplace are the United States, South Korea, and members of the European Union, with the exception of Malta (where all civil marriages are for life, because civil divorce is banned). In the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and some other developed Commonwealth countries, this divorce boom developed in the last half of the twentieth century.

In the United States in 2005, there were 7.5 new marriages per 1,000 people, and 3.6 divorces per 1,000, a ratio which has existed for many individual years since the 1960s.

In addition, cultural acceptance of the single-parent family has resulted in many women deciding to have children outside marriage.

The statistics of a survey conducted by Citibank on divorce in the United States suggested that more than fifty percent of divorced couples cited money problems as the cause of their divorce.

An annual study in the UK by management consultant Grant Thornton estimates the main causes of divorce based on the findings of matrimonial lawyers. The main causes in 2004 (2003) were:

* Extramarital affairs - 27% (29%)

* Family strains - 18% (11%)

* Emotional/physical abuse - 17% (10%)

* Mid-life crisis - 13% (not in 2003 survey)

* Addictions, e.g. alcoholism and gambling - 6% (5%)

* Workaholism - 6% (5%)

According to this survey, men engaged in extra-marital affairs in 75% (55%) of cases; women in 25% (45%). In cases of family strain, women's families were the primary source of strain in 78%, compared to 22% of men's families.

Emotional and physical abuse were more evenly split, with women affected in 60% and men in 40% of cases. In 70% of workaholism-related divorces it was men who were the cause, and 30% women.

The 2004 survey found that 93% of divorce cases were petitioned by women, very few of which were contested.

53% of divorces were of marriages that had lasted 10 to 15 years, with 40% ending after 5 to 10 years. The first 5 years are relatively divorce-free, and if a marriage survives more than 20 years it is unlikely to end in divorce.

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      Arthur Grossman 

      8 years ago

      I think another interesting statistic would be of the cheaters, those who had extra-marital affairs, how many repeated that behavior in subsequent marriages.

      Arthur Grossman, Attorney at Law

      Grossman & Grossman P.A.

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      Arthur Grossman 

      8 years ago

      I read an interesting study comparing divorce rates during the time when we were still primarily an agricultural country through the industrial revolution and into the information age. In sum, it seemed to indicate that divorce rates when we were still primarily farmers was very low because the family unit was incredibly valuable to the success of the farm. Divorcing the spouse and losing the kids would be death for the farm because the wife and the kids amounted to farm labor. I thought that was really interesting.

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      PA Injury Lawyers 

      8 years ago from Scranton Pennsylvania

      It is interesting that in the UK study it was reported that workaholism was the cause for as many divorces as was addictions to alcohol and gambling.

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      8 years ago from Northern California

      Rob, thanks for the fact, and thanks edivorcecentral for the link! Thank you all for your comments!

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      8 years ago

      Part of the problem is divorce is the easy way out. I live in Orlando which is a great family town but know of several acquaintances entering into divorce. It does not have the stigma it used to have. There was a Gallup poll on to the effect. Source:

      Rob in Orlando

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Very informative hub and i strongly agree with you that affairs is never the only thing that contributes to divorce.Well written piece of work.

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      9 years ago

      What is Workahol?

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting facts!

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      9 years ago from Watawala, Sri Lanka

      Nicely down! Good work?

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      9 years ago

      Good info, thank you

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      9 years ago from North Georgia

      Interesting hub - something you don't think about but needs said.

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      9 years ago

      Now I have to ask how this hub rated a 94.

      By that I mean it is show, it is simple, it has material that shoudl also be on the internet. It only has a few comments. ???

      I liked the hub and the information, but I don't understand the rating.

      The duck...

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      Equality For Men 

      10 years ago from USA

      Great Hub. Thank you for taking the time to write this.

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      11 years ago

      I can't agree more with money problems being a prime cause of divorce. It ended my first marriage. No matter how I tried to make is up to her, she wanted a higher class of life. And I wasn't giving it to her fast enough (even though she didn't work and we had no children). It's sad when money is such a powerful thing that even the sanctity of marriage isn't safe anymore.

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      Paul Edmondson 

      12 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Interesting that divorce rates are going down. I heard about a study that says a new frugal trend has been developing and so that living within personal means is good for marriage.


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