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Texas divorce rate dropping, but not for all Texans

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It is widely believed that the rate of divorce in the United States remains fairly constant, and indeed is on the rise in some demographics. However, new studies suggest the opposite to be true: that Texas divorce, like in other states, is actually declining with time. Of course, this is not true for every individual Texan, which is why it is more important than ever for those that choose to divorce to be prepared for the step they are about to take. 

The results of a survey sent out by the U.S. Census Bureau to some 3.5 million addresses every year, and conducted by the American Community Survey, suggest a decreasing trend in the prevalence of divorce nationwide. The first year the ACS actually asked people about divorce and whether they had separated in the past year was 2008. Since then, the results of the survey seem to suggest that divorce rates have actually dropped by 3 percent. 

Of course, there could be several misleading reasons for this number. While the number of actual divorces processed might be falling, it could be due in part to the potential for newlyweds to divorce being on the rise. Also, mixed definitions of what constitutes a divorce in the framework of the survey could lead to fudged numbers - while some individuals consider a separation after a common-law partnership a "divorce," others may not. 

The reality is statistics can sometimes be misleading. Even if the rate of Texas divorce is dropping, this does not mean seeking a divorce is any less valid or necessary than it has ever been for others. It is, of course, important for both parties to a divorce to understand their rights and responsibilities before embarking on the process. The best way for that to happen is for each spouse to seek support and guidance from an experienced family law attorney.

Source: techinsider.io, "The divorce rate in America is plunging", Drake Baer, Nov. 21, 2015

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