Most people associate Texas with cowboys, cattle, and the Wild West. However, one aspect of Texas that is frequently overlooked is its divorce rate. Nearly 12 percent of people will be divorced by age 30 in the Lone Star State. In this blog post, we throw out 10 fascinating facts about divorce in Texas and across the country. Keep reading to learn more!
1. The average age for couples going through their first divorce is age 30.
Couples who married between the ages are 20 to 25 are 60 percent likely to get a divorce, according to the World Population Review. Those who wait until they are over the age of 25 to marry are 24% less likely to divorce.
2. The average cost of divorce in Texas is $15,600.
If no children are involved, the average divorce cost in Texas is $15,600. When children are involved, the cost rises to $23,500. That makes Texas the fifth costliest state in the country for divorce, according to the USA Today.
3. Wives initiate divorce more than husbands.
Nearly 70 percent of divorces are initiated by women, according to a study conducted by the American Sociological Association. Experts believe that women frequently initiate divorces due to unhappiness caused by sex mismatches, such as handling household chores and caring for children while working a full-time job.
4. Money is the one of the most common reasons for divorce.
Financial issues are one of the most common reasons for divorce, followed by lack of intimacy and infidelity. See our article on The Most Common Reasons for Divorce in Texas.
5. Women earning $75,000 to $100,000 a year have the highest divorce rate.
In contrast, men earning over $100,000 a year are the most likely to be married, according to analysts at QuoteWizard.
6. The city of Hudson has the highest divorce rate in Texas.
The city of Hudson in Angelina County in east Texas has the highest divorce rate, with 19 percent of people over age 15 divorced, according to RoadSnack. The 10 cities with the highest divorce rates in Texas are:
7. January is the most popular month to file for divorce.
January is the most popular month to file for divorce in Texas and across the country. In fact, it has been dubbed the “Divorce Month.” Family law attorneys theorize that couples wait to file for divorce until after the busy and stressful holidays, so they can have a new outlook in the new year.
8. Arkansas has the highest divorce rate.
Arkansas and Oklahoma have the highest divorce rates, while Maine and the District of Columbia have the lowest divorce rates.
9. Texas divorce rate is relatively low.
In 2020, the most recent data available, there were 1.5 divorces for every 1000 inhabitants in Texas, according to Statista. This represents a steady decrease. In 1990, the divorce rate stood at 5.5 divorces for everyone 1000 inhabitants.