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Risk factors in divorce may include geography

Marriages end for many reasons and no two divorces are the same. People that have lived through a divorce in Michigan could tell many a story about the reasons for their divorces. The process of every divorce is also unique. Each couple must navigate challenges with settlements and agreements pertaining to spousal maintenance, child support, property division and more.

An article in the media recently published statistics in an infographic that indicates that where a couple lives may increase or decrease their risk of getting divorced. Michigan overall rated better than many states with one of the lower average divorce rates. According to the data, the average divorce rate in Michigan is between 7.66 and 9.31 per 1,000 people. In some states, such as West Virginia and Kentucky, the rate is as high as 12.64 to 14.35 per 1,000 people.

The article also identifies other factors influencing the likelihood of divorce. These include genetics, level of education and finances. Regarding finances, the information suggests that divorces are less likely to occur during a recession or other difficult economic times. From 2006 through 2008, the divorce rate in the United States dropped and remained stable through 2009. In 2010 and 2011, the rate climbed slightly as the economy began to bounce back.

No matter the reason, a divorce is hard on everyone involved. Financial support, child custody and more all changes many things from a standard of living to basic day-to-day experiences. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help make the process easier and is something you may wish to consider if you are facing a divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, “This Map of U.S. Divorce Rates Shows Where Marriages Go To Die,” Ashley Reich, November 4, 2013

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