Divorce, because it seems scary to so many people, has myths that have built up around it over time. Trying to find facts can be confusing because there is no shortage of studies, statistics, and figures. We are here – with the help of Wilkinson & Finkbeiner family law attorneys – to bring you as much information as we can about divorce. Join us as we explore interesting facts about divorce.

The Most Expensive Divorces

  • Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos. After Jeff Bezos’s infidelity, his ex-wife has been awarded a record-breaking divorce settlement of $35 billion settlement. Although we didn’t expect anything else from the richest man in the world.
  • Harold & Sue Ann Hamm. The divorce of American oil tycoon Harold Hamm was big news in 2014. His wife was ultimately awarded $5.3 billion in settlement money.
  • Rupert & Anna Murdoch. Rupert Murdoch’s second divorce got much more press than this one, to his first wife Anna. However, Anna got a much higher settlement equating $1.7 billion dollars.

Military Life

  • Military life can be quite difficult, so it is no surprise that military divorce rates are monitored closely. Over the last few years, divorce rates have declined for enlisted men from 3.3% a decade ago to 2.7% in the most current statistics.
  • Females in the military experience divorce at a much higher rate of divorce than their male counterparts. In fact, female troops are twice as likely to go through a divorce as a male member of the armed services.
  • There is no data as of yet, but there are currently studies underway to examine divorce rates after exiting the military. As challenging as life in the service can be, many people struggle to transition to civilian life.

United States Marriage & Divorce Rates

  • According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, marriage and divorce rates are both declining.
  • The current marriage rate in the country is 6.8 people per thousand, while the divorce rate is 3.2 people per thousand.
  • This means about 47% of marriages end in divorce or separation. This percentage increases with every subsequent marriage. First marriages are at about 41% divorce rate, second marriages end at a 60% rate, and 73% of third marriages end in divorce.
  • This means that every 13 seconds, there is a divorce in America.
  • Studies have been done to determine why wedding and divorce rates are declining. The conclusion is that younger millennials and older Gen Z members are waiting to get married. Waiting to get married until after age 25 dramatically increases the chance that the union is actually permanent.

Countries With The Highest Divorce Rates

People express concerns about divorce rates in the United States, but we don’t even crack the top 15 when it comes to global rates of divorce. Here are the top ten countries for divorce in the world.

  1. Russian
  2. Guam
  3. Moldova
  4. Belarus
  5. Latvia
  6. Ukraine
  7. Lithuania
  8. Kazakhstan
  9. Cuba
  10. Georgia

Join us next week for Surprising Divorce Facts, Part Two!