Couples in New Jersey and across the country rarely think about a possible ending when they get married. However, the truth is that not every wedding results in a lifetime of happiness. In many cases, two people simply are not a good fit, and a divorce is the only solution. New data revelas that the Garden State has the lowest divorce rate in the country, and experts think they know why.
The 2013 American Community Survey shows that roughly 8.5 percent of marriages in New Jersey ended in divorce. The news comes on the heels of a New York Times article that revealed that the divorce rate as a whole has been declining for decades. The often-held theory that half of all marriages end divorce is no longer true, as that number now is roughly around 33 percent.
Since 2011, New Jersey has had the lowest divorce in the country. Experts attribute this to the fact that the state maintains a higher level of wealth than other areas, and finances are often cited as a major reason for friction in a marriage. Additionally, people in New Jersey are getting married at an older age. Studies show that people who marry when they are older are more likely to stay together.
Lastly, many people believe that education plays a role in divorce. Couples with a higher level of education may be less likely to separate than those who fail to get high school and/or college degrees. Regardless of these numbers, the truth is that there are still people in New Jersey who will end their marriage this year. Anyone contemplating a divorce should consult with an attorney.
Source: Rapid News Network, “New Jersey Has the Lowest Divorce Rate,” JMaslow, March 31, 2015