Relationship Problems CDC Statistics

Did you know that according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics:

  • Roughly 3,000 couples in the U.S. get divorced each day – well over 1 million per year.
  • 20-25% of these people are divorcing for the second or even the third time.
  • 50% of all divorcing couples have children under the age of 18;
  • 12 million U.S. families were headed by a single parent during 2000.
  • 1 out of 3 U.S. children do not live with both parents.
  • 17% of all children in the U.S. will suffer a divorce in 2016.
  • You can’t Divorce Yourself. If you don’t learn from your Divorce you will more likely be unhappy in future relationships  as well.
  • Second marriages will end 23% sooner than first marriages.
  • Third marriages will end 43% sooner than first marriages.
  • The Divorce rate after the third marriage approaches a familiar inevitability.
  • As well, it is scientifically supported that children of divorced parents suffer a higher than average divorce rate as adults – divorce is a “vertical transmission” pattern that is handed down from one generation to the next, with a domino effect of emotional turmoil which echoes through time.


About the Author Daniel Dashnaw

Daniel is a Marriage and Family Therapist. He currently sees couples at Couples Therapy Inc. using EFT, Gottman Method, and the Developmental Model.

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