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on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

According to reports from the U.S. Census Bureau, Connecticut has one of the lowest divorce rates in the U.S. But that does not mean that divorce does not remain high in many other states.

The South and West both had marriage rates near 19 weddings per 1,000 people in 2009. These numbers were the highest among regions throughout the country. In addition, both regions led in divorce rates, with approximately 10 occurring per 1,000 individuals.

States with higher marriage rates, such as Arkansas, Wyoming and Utah, also had an above-average divorce rate. The Census Bureau data found that overall there were 17.6 marriages per 1,000 woman and 19.1 per 1,000 men. Data also showed that 9.7 of every 1,000 women and 9.2 of every 1,000 men experienced a divorce that year.

Some may suggest that America’s high divorce rates are to blame on the prevalence of no-fault divorces. Every state in the country allows for divorces to be conducted without fault being designated to either spouse. This has left other nations wondering what to do about their divorce policies.

The United Kingdom once attempted to legalize no-fault divorce in 1996, but failed to do so because many believed that it would make divorce too easy. But now, some British judges are calling for no-fault divorce so that mundane matters do not clutter the legal system. Recently, people have sued for divorce based on things such as being served the same dish for dinner every night.

What many have said in the United States is that no-fault divorce is a cheaper and often easier alternative to a contentious court battle. Options like no-fault divorce or mediation can allow divorcing couples to get through the process quicker.

Source: HULIQ, “Divorce on demand law eyed in Britain while US divorce rates rise and fall,” Dave Masko, Apr. 16, 2012

Tags: divorce, no-fault divorce

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