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New Queen’s University Study Links Life Expectancy and Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on April 16, 2012 - Comments off

A recent study released by Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, has established a correlation between life expectancy and the likelihood of divorce, according to The Huffington Post. The study’s author, a post-doctoral fellow in the math department of Queen’s University, states that “the actual life expectancy of a province or a health region can predict when men and women get married” and the rate at which they divorce.

The study focused on the relationship between life decisions and lifespan. During the research process, population statistics were compared with birth records, marriage certificates, and other court documents. In the U.S., Census data collected by Ohio’s Bowling Green State University identified that the baby boomer divorce rate has jumped more than 50 percent over the last 20 years, even though the national divorce rate has stabilized. This statistic is very telling and points to a tendency for people to not tolerate being unhappy in marriage as they live longer.

For people who have shorter life expectancies, it is less likely that they would divorce knowing that they may not have the time to find a happier/better relationship. Although additional research needs to be conducted, this study suggests that the less time you have, the more satisfied you will be with your marriage, even if it is one you would choose to end should you have had the time.

The decision to divorce is a complicated process. There are many factors that contribute to a person’s decision to divorce, some consciously weighed and some not, but each and every person ultimately needs to make their decision based on the quality of their future life, however long it may be. If you are wondering whether divorce is the right decision for your relationship, the knowledgeable Illinois divorce lawyers at Nottage and Ward can help you make an informed decision. Call us today for a consultation at (312) 332-2915.


U.S. Census Reports Divorce Rate Trends in Marital Events of Americans: 2009

By Nottage and Ward on September 22, 2011 - Comments off

According to The Huffington Post, U.S. Census Bureau has released a report in which it identifies regional trends in divorce rates for men and women. Based on 2009 data from the American Community Survey, the report determines that the Northeast region of the country has the lowest divorce rates, while the South has the highest.

The South, which according to the Census Bureau includes Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and Oklahoma, has a rate of 10.2 divorces per 1,000 men and 11.1 per 1,000 women. According to a Census official, these high divorce rates are largely the result of higher marriage rates.

Conversely, the Northeast, which consists of Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont and New York, has a lower marriage rate and thus has lower divorce rate. In the Northeast, men divorce at a rate of 7.2 per 1,000 and women divorce at a rate of 7.5 per 1,000.

According to the report, Illinois falls somewhere in the middle but is closer to the lowest rates, with a divorce rate of 8.0 per 1,000 for each men and women.

Divorce is life-altering. There are many factors to be considered and much business to be conducted in the process of a divorce, and it can easily become overwhelming and burdensome. Having an experienced Chicago divorce attorney at your side can make all the difference. If you are considering a divorce in Illinois, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Nottage and Ward today for a consultation at 312-332-2915.


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