For many years, Georgia has had one of the highest divorce rates in the nation. Some have said that this is because Georgia law makes it relatively easy to get a divorce - in uncomplicated no-fault divorces, marriage dissolution can be finalized as quickly as 30 days from the date the complaint is served.
It may seem ironic that the month in which Valentine's Day is also the month in which the highest number of divorces are filed, but some people within the family law field believe that the holiday itself may be a cause for the spike in divorces. For anyone in Atlanta whose Valentine's Day confirmed that his or her marriage is all but over, this may come as no surprise.
Nearly everyone in Atlanta has seen portrayals of horrible in-laws on television and film: from meddlesome mothers to intimidating fathers, a considerable amount of jokes revolve around movie in-laws. It seems, however, that real in-laws can be just as irksome.
While fairy-tale romances would have people in DeKalb County believe that no one has doubts before they are married, there are a substantial number of people who walk down the aisle wondering if they are making a mistake. This is not to say that everyone who is unsure or doubts his or her marriage is destined for divorce, but it appears that a bride's doubts may be a good indicator of the future success of the marriage.
Residents of DeKalb County may have been surprised to learn in August 2011 that states in the South had the highest rates of divorce in the country. With divorce rates one point higher for men and 1.4 points higher for women than the national average, the large number of divorces was also linked to the high rates of marriages. What may be even more surprising, however, is that the states with the highest rates of divorce also have the highest rates of poverty, indicating a link between poverty and divorce that many in the family law field may not have seen before.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the incidence of "gray divorce," or divorce involving older married couples. While many in Marietta may think that divorce is only for the young, the new trends indicate that elderly couples are divorcing at higher rates than ever before. As the age of divorcés rise, it will be important to include gray divorce into the umbrella of family law issues that professionals can expect to handle.
For many Georgia couples, when they make the decision to divorce, they are certain their marriages have failed. Some marriages fell apart after one or both spouses cheated, sometimes a partner is abusive, but oftentimes the husband and wife just grow apart. For many of these couples, a divorce will be final, but there is also a growing trend of couples reconciling before actually going through with the divorce.
New data from the U.S. Census has determined that Georgia has one of the eight highest divorce rates in the country. While this data may indicate that Georgia marriages don't last, the Census also finds that it has one of the highest rates of marriage, as well. Overall, people in the South marry and divorce more often than any other region of the country.
To nurture a relationship, couples are forced to find a balance between spending enough time with each other and not spending too much time together. The stress of trying to find the right balance when so many demands are placed on a person's time -- driving to and from work, taking care of the kids, making dinner, running a household and more -- can cause a great deal of tension in marriages.
The question seems simple enough. With nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, it would be nice to know the answer. However, there has not been a thorough and scientific study on why married people actually get divorced.