Do You Know Where Georgia Ranks In Divorce Rate?
Back in 2002, Georgia was ranked with one of the lowest divorce rates in the nation with a score of 2.5 divorces per 1000 residents. At the time, Georgia was ranked as number 47 out of 50 states with highest divorce rates and was equal to Massachusetts as having the most marital stability in the nation. The distinction didn’t last long. The last five years have seen a decrease in the number of total Georgia divorces, but the rate has gone up statistically because the number of marriages in Georgia has decreased even more quickly. Georgia divorces dropped 33% from 2004 to 2009, while marriages in Georgia decreased by 42% in the same period. The result was an increase in the overall Georgia statistical divorce rate. Some researchers suggest that the declining number of divorces in the last year may be due to the fact that many Georgian couples are facing the fact that they cannot afford to legally separate in the current downward-turning economy, and are putting divorce on hold for the time being. The same reasoning can be applied to the decreasing number of marriages in Georgia as well.