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Radio Show Breaks Down Illinois Divorce Statistics, Provides Explanation for Decline in American Divorce Rate


The rising and falling divorce rate has been a subject of interest for American talk shows, researchers, and the general public for as long as most of us can remember. The intrigue surrounding why couples get divorced and current divorce trends tend to captivate us. Reports of high net-worth divorce settlements, outrageous alimony or spousal support payments, and courtroom dramas between soon-to-be ex-spouses draw us into the legal matters of couples we may not even know. But what are current divorce trends in 2023 in the United States and in Chicago, specifically? iHeart Radio’s Taylor Linzinmeir breaks down 2023 divorce statistics as reported by The World Population Review in a February online article. Here are the findings:

2023 Divorce Statistics – What are Current Divorce Trends in the U.S. and in Illinois?

Although many people probably feel that in today’s modern world marriages are on the decline in the U.S. and in Illinois, the truth of the matter is that, according to iHeart, approximately 90% of individuals in the western world decide to get married by the age of 50. However, it is no surprise that a number of those marriages do not stand the test of time. In fact, between 35-50% of first-time marriages end in divorce in the United States. When we look at second- and third-time marriage divorce rates, those numbers increase dramatically. When it comes to second-time marriages, the divorce rate goes up to 60%. For third-time marriages and marriages after that, the number increases further still to 70%. Overall, looking at the international picture, these divorce rate numbers put the United States first on the list of the countries with the top divorce rates in the world.

In Illinois, the divorce rate is only 9.7%, according to The World Population Review, which means that it is one of the states with the lowest divorce rates in the United States. Illinois trails Washington D.C. for the lowest divorce rate, with D.C. coming in at 8.3%. In contrast to that data, in the study by The World Population Review, researchers found that Maine is the state with the highest divorce rate, at 13.9%.

What are Current Reasons for the Falling U.S. Divorce Rate?

Despite the fact that the U.S. leads in the number of divorces between couples, the divorce rate in the U.S. is actually on the decline.  The World Population Review study provides an explanation for this phenomenon. According to the study, divorce rates may be declining as a result of millennials waiting longer to get married in the first place. With millennials getting married at an older age than prior generations, the report opines, their marriages are more likely to succeed. Therefore, The World Population Review notes that, “the current tendency to wait or opt out of marriage decreases the overall number of divorces in two ways…Firstly, by reducing the total number of marriages, the number of divorces is decreased in turn. Secondly, because the odds of divorce decrease as a married couple increases in age, the wait makes the marriage more likely to succeed once it takes place.”

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