If you want to end your marriage, you need to remember that many other people find themselves in this position and you should not feel guilty. If you have kids, you could worry about how breaking up with your spouse could impact them, and you might have concerns about the financial fallout of the divorce process and adjusting to life after your marriage ends.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to increase your chances of a favorable outcome and make the divorce process easier. Additionally, you should take a look at data on divorce to see that you are not alone.
Many couples get a divorce each year
Information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in 2020, more than 630,500 couples got a divorce or an annulment. This data comes from 45 states as well as D.C. To look at these figures differently, the 2020 divorce rate was 2.3 out of every 1,000 people.
Reviewing divorce data from previous years
Past years saw even higher divorce rates. CDC data shows that the divorce rate was 3.0 per 1,000 people in 2016, 3.5 in 2008 and 4.0 in 2001. However, it is also important to keep in mind that marriage rates have decreased in recent years as well. In 2006, the marriage rate was 7.5 per 1,000 people, compared to 6.8 in 2013, 6.5 in 2017 and 5.1 in 2020.
It is essential to approach your divorce with a positive attitude and a clear understanding of the different options that are in front of you.