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Marriage and divorce trends in Texas

It can be hard to tell from just looking around or even listening to headlines what people in America and in Texas really think about marriage and divorce anymore. It is also difficult at times to know how popular getting married really is and how big of a problem divorce is for society today. If you have been wondering what the trends in how many people are getting married or staying married, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention give a clue.

The CDC tracks records of marriages and divorces and some interesting patterns can be seen in looking back at data from 2000 through 2015. Across the United States as a whole, the number of people per 1,000 persons getting married dropped from 2000 to 2005 from 8.2 to 7.6. Another drop from 2005 to 2010 can be seen from 7.6 to 6.8. However, between 2010 and 2015, a slight uptick was noticed to 6.9. At the same time, the number of divorces per 1,000 persons dropped from 4.0 in 2000 to 3.6 in 2005 to 2.1 in both 2010 and 2015.

In Texas, the trend is very similar. Marriages per 1,000 persons in 2000 were 9.1, dropping to 7.6 in 2005 and then dropping again to 7.1 in 2010. In 2015, the number rose just a bit to 7.2. Divorces started at 4.0 persons per 1,000 in 2000 and went to 3.3 in both 2005 and 2010. In 2015, there were 2.6 divorces per 1,000 people in the state of Texas.

If you would like to learn more about the trends associated with marriage and divorce in Texas and around the country, please feel free to visit the legal partnerships and dissolutions page of our Texas family law website.

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