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Geographical trends in divorce noted

Divorces are influenced by many factors and can never truly be narrowed down to one simple indicator. Even in the case of an extra-marital affair, other problems would have been at play prior to the affair itself. Any Houston couple that has gone through a divorce knows all too well the range of contributors that led to the situation.

An article with an infographic was recently published in the media that discusses some of the various factors that may influence the chances of divorce for a couple. Education, financial worth and stability and even genetics are just a few of these factors. Another indicator suggested in the article is geography. As a state overall, Texas is shown to have a divorce rate between 9.32 and 10.97 per 1,000 people—pretty much in the middle of the ranges given.

Two of our neighbors to the north, Oklahoma and Arkansas are in the highest brackets with divorce rates between 12.64 and 14.35 per 1,000 people. Another southern state, Florida, has four cities on the list of those with the top 10 divorce rates nationwide—including Panama City in the number one position. The statistics also show that divorce rates tend to drop during difficult economic times.

Divorce legal issues are always complex whether a simple or high asset divorce. Determining alimony, child support, parenting time and more takes a toll on both spouses in many ways. If you are facing a divorce, you may find it helpful to work with a trusted lawyer to guide your through the process.

Source: Huffington Post, “This Map of U.S. Divorce Rates Shows Where Marriages Go To Die,” Ashley Reich, November 4, 2013

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