Where Does My State Rank? Illinois Divorce Rankings Revealed By State-By-State Survey
In Illinois, and in the United States generally, divorce is certainly not a rarity anymore. In the past, perhaps in our parent’s or grandparent’s eras, divorce was less common – taboo in some circles, even – and it was also not very typical to discuss the topic of divorce openly. In the year 2022, in most communities throughout Illinois and the United States, divorce is no longer something to shy away from discussing. People openly discuss their own divorces, and we routinely see the intimate details of celebrity, athlete, and other high-profile divorces splattered on online blogs, newspapers, and on T.V. People often believe that divorce rates are on the rise throughout their own communities and across the country. But is it really true that divorce rates are climbing in every state across the U.S.? A 2019 survey published online by the United States Census Bureau in 2020 helps shed light on divorce rate statistics by state, and how Illinois stacks up among the rest.
The U.S. Census Bureau used data from the American Community Survey on divorce rates from the years 2009 and 2019. The data – taken ten years apart – provides interesting insights into divorce trends in the United States, including:
- Arkansas was one of the states with the highest divorce rates;
- Maine and the District of Columbia were two of the states with the lowest divorce rates;
- The divorce rate in Texas was higher than the national average, and divorces increased in Texas in 2019 by 1.0 more divorces per 1,000 women than the national average;
- Alabama, Utah, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, and Georgia also experienced a higher divorce rate than the national average, with an increase in divorces in 2019;
- California had a lower divorce rate than the national average, with 1.1 fewer divorces per 1,000 women than the national average in 2019;
- Illinois also had a lower divorce rate than the national average, with 1.4 fewer divorces per 1,000 women than the national average in 2019.
Whether surprising or not, the survey data suggests that Illinois actually has a lower divorce rate than what was perhaps expected. However, divorces in Chicago are not uncommon, and there are many resources available to individuals and couples in Chicago who are seeking a divorce. One of the best resources that is available to an individual who is seeking a divorce is the assistance of an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer. An experienced Chicago divorce lawyer knows the laws that govern marriage and dissolution of marriage in Chicago and can help fight for their client in their Chicago divorce case.
If you are interested in potentially getting a divorce in Chicago, or you have initiated the divorce process and need assistance, contact the skilled and experienced Chicago divorce lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC. The experienced Chicago divorce lawyers at Birnbaum, Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC, offer a confidential consultation to hear your side of the story and to see if they can help fight for you in your divorce case. Contact the law offices of Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC, today and speak to a lawyer about your rights and options in your Chicago divorce.