April 22, 3014
Because almost 50% of marriages in the US end in divorce, there is a high likelihood that the people reading these words have been affected by divorce, in some way. The stats break down this way: 41% of first marriages end in divorce, 60% of second marriages end in divorce and 73% of third marriages end in divorce.
You are more likely to stay married if you graduated from college, waited until you were at least 26 years old to marry and if you don’t smoke cigarettes. Other factors which contribute to the likelihood of the success of your marriage are: your parents are still married, you live in a “Blue State” (i.e., predominantly “Liberal” for the non US people reading this) – and surprisingly, if you are Atheists.
The jobs associated with the lowest divorce rate are (in order): agricultural engineers, transit police (!), members of the clergy, those whose jobs involve the direction of religious activities and education.
The jobs associated with the highest rate of divorce are dancers/choreographers, bartenders, massage therapists, casino workers and extruding machine operators. Not quite sure what that last group is – but YOU know who you are!
In this ReasonTV interview, filmmaker Joe Sorge, director of the new documentary, ‘Divorce Corp,’ argues that because the legal code to get a divorce is so complex, nearly all respective parties have to hire expensive lawyers and pay legal fees that make the average non-contested divorce cost between $10,000 and $20,000. A contested divorce can run well over $50,000.
“It’s the fourth most common cause of bankruptcy in the United States,” says Sorge. In the past 40 years, the amount of divorce lawyers has exploded by 2000% in the State of California, alone.
Produced by Tracy Oppenheimer. Camera by Zach Weissmueller and Alexis Garcia.