Divorce by Numbers – Statistics of PA Divorce

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Most people know that the divorce in the U.S. overall has been hovering between 49% and 50% for many years now. But do you know what the divorce rate is for the state you live in? According to new data from FindTheData.org, compiled from data provided by the American Bar Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the 2011 Census Bureau, the following states have the highest rate of divorce in the United States, as measured per 1,000 residents:

1. Alabama – 14/1,000

2. Alaska – 13/1,000

3. Arizona – 13/1,000

4. Kentucky – 13/1,000

5. Oklahoma – 13/1,000

6. Nevada – 12/1,000

7. Maine – 11/1,000

8. Georgia – 11/1,000

9. Tennessee – 11/1,000

10. Mississippi – 11/1,000

Surprisingly, Pennsylvania has the second-lowest rate of divorce, followed only by New Jersey! At 7/1,000, Pennsylvania has half the divorce rate of Alabama! The data from FindTheData.org also measured other divorce factors differing among states such as filing fees, ease of obtaining a divorce and the minimum total processing time for each state. While states varied greatly across the different categories, only a handful of states will divorce in less than 100 days. As far as expediency is concerned, New Hampshire is the winner permitting couples to be divorced with zero processing time!

In Pennsylvania, even a divorce in which both parties consent to the entry of a Divorce Decree, there is still a ninety (90) day waiting period from the date of service of the Divorce Complaint before parties can obtain a final Divorce Decree. If you’re considering divorce, you should be mindful that every divorce case is different and litigation can range from a matter of months to a matter of years. The first step in starting the divorce process in Pennsylvania is to speak with an attorney who practices family law in PA. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our Pennsylvania Divorce Lawyers and learn about the divorce process in your county of residency.