Marriage and divorce statistics are available for each state, as well as the US in general. The most recent report for Pennsylvania shows the rates of marriage and divorce from 2012. In Pennsylvania, there were about 70,000 marriages and roughly 36,300 divorces or annulments.
In Allegheny County there were a little over 6,000 marriages and about 2,700 divorces. Most marriages that took place in PA involved brides and grooms who were in the 25-29 age range. Over the past few decades, the number of marriages that take place in the Commonwealth has decreased significantly. In the 1970s, there were almost 100,000 marriages taking place each year. In 2012, there were just over 70,000. Another interesting observation here is that the population in PA actually increased over this same time period.
As far as divorce in Pennsylvania, the divorce rate has also increased over this same time period. In the 1970s, there were about 30,000 divorces per year. Now, the divorce rate is somewhere in the high 30 to low 40,000 range. Because there are fewer marriages taking place to begin with, the ratio of divorces to percentages has significantly increased. On average, once a couple has been married for 15 years in Pennsylvania, the percentage of divorces decreases. This means that most couples who get divorced do so after a few years of marriage. The longer the marriage, the less likely a couple will be divorced. In Allegheny County specifically, most divorces take place between 5 and 9 years of marriage.
If you or someone you know is thinking about getting divorced in PA, it is extremely important to have an experienced Pennsylvania divorce lawyer on your side. Contact our office today for more information, and to find out how we can fight for you.