Whether because of life circumstances, financial hardship, or simply growing apart, many couples decide that separation is the best option to move forward. While many people feel alone when facing a divorce, it is a common part of life for people across the country. According to a recent survey, while the rate of divorce varies by state, the rate of divorce in North Carolina has not changed much over the past decade.
Divorce Rates in North Carolina Over Time
A recent survey by Lending Tree evaluated the rate of divorce in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C. in 2017. The data included the number of married individuals in 2016 compared to the number of people who divorced in 2017.
North Carolina falls right in the middle compared to other states, ranking #27 in the 2016-2017 divorce rate. In 2016, the married population in North Carolina was 4,215,963 and 68,227 people divorced in 2017, leaving a divorce rate of 1.6%.
From 2006 to 2007, the divorce rate in North Carolina was 1.8%, only slightly higher than the more recent figures. Divorce rates fell in most states from the decade before, but the rate of divorce in North Carolina has changed little in those surveys.
North Carolina Divorce Rate by County
Data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) breaks down the rate of divorce by county and month. For example, in 2016, the rate of divorce in Cleveland County was 3.3% and the rate of divorce in Gaston County was 3.7%.
What States Have the Highest Divorce Rates?
The highest rate of divorce in the survey was in Arkansas at 2.4%, followed by Kentucky, Alabama, and Oklahoma, all at 2.1%. The state with the lowest divorce rate was Hawaii at 1.0%. New York and Illinois had the next lowest divorce rates at 1.2% each.
Between the two surveys, divorce rates have fallen in all by two states over the past ten years. The divorce rate increased about 0.1% over the ten years in Arkansas and North Dakota. In every other state, divorce rates fell. The divorce rate in Washington D.C. went from 3.4% in 2007-08 to 1.4% in 2016-17, the most significant ten-year change.
There may be a number of reasons why divorce rates are dropping across the country. Many people are getting married later in life, which can be associated with a lower rate of divorce. Whatever the reason, couples who do go through a divorce may be facing a difficult road ahead.
After Deciding to Get a Divorce
After deciding to get a divorce, the spouse may have to deal with a number of difficult situations, including how to come to a settlement agreement on:
An experienced Shelby divorce attorney can help you through the process and take steps to reduce the stress and disruptions to your life. The attorneys at Caulder & Valentine provide experienced family law services to individuals seeking help after a divorce or legal separation. Contact us in Shelby today for a consultation.