Minnesota couples get divorced for all kinds of reasons. When it comes to understanding who gets divorced in Minnesota (and beyond) and why, here are some of the most common reasons:
- Unrealistic Expectations – People are conditioned to think that marriage brings happiness. They expect the beautiful home, white picket fence and automatic bliss. Unfortunately, this is not always how life works. If the marriage turns out to be less than expected, maybe even a mistake, then divorce can seem like the only way to fix a bad situation.
- Financial Priorities – Many couples do not discuss finances before marriage. As a result, conflict can arise if the spouses have opposing ideas about money and how to save it, spend it, invest it, earn it and more. One partner might want to spend freely and live for today and the other might want to save every penny. If they cannot come to terms, then divorce can seem like a solution.
- Loss of Intimacy – This can happen gradually as children come along, lives become busier and priorities change. If one partner slowly becomes less romantic than the other, then the other partner might pull back. Before too long, the couple is estranged and divorce seems like a way out.
According to the American Psychological Association, 40% to 50% of first marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. In Minnesota, the divorce rate is close to 50%, although it is starting to decline slightly. The average first marriage that ends in divorce lasts about eight years, while the average second marriage that ends in divorce lasts about seven years.
Some groups divorce at higher rates than others. For example:
- Thirty-nine percent of men and 37% of women with a high school education or less divorce. Twenty-eight percent of men and 29% of women with at least a four-year college degree divorce.
- The divorce rate for blacks is about 42%, about 37% for whites and about 28% for Hispanics
- Nearly 50% of people who marry before age 18 divorce. Sixty percent of couples who marry between ages 20 and 25 divorce. Twenty-five percent of people who wait until at least age 26 to marry eventually divorce.
If you are contemplating divorce, then contact us. We will review your situation and determine the best path forward. Our job is to protect your rights.