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. in Boston, Massachusetts, three seasons in Cummington (at the foothills of the Berkshires...) and in Miami during joint retreats with his wife, Dr. Kathy McMahon. He uses EFT, Gottman Method, Solution-focused and the Developmental Model in his approaches.

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