The divorce rate in the United States is often said to be 50%. People will talk about half of marriages ending in divorce. They usually say this as if the rate is incredibly high.
But is that true? When you look at divorce on a global scale, are the rates in the U.S. actually very high?
Many countries have much higher rates
To start with, some studies have said that the divorce rate in the United States isn’t even 50%, but more like 45%. This is certainly much higher than the 1% seen back in 1914, but it is a little lower than people assume.
That said, there are many countries that have rates that are far higher even than the 45%. For instance, the highest divorce rate in the world is in Belgium, where it clocks in at 73%. This means that roughly three out of every four marriages are going to end in divorce. It’s only slightly lower in Portugal, where the rate is 68%, or nearby Spain, where the rate is 63%.
What you can see, especially when compared to historical numbers from the early 1900’s, is that divorce is more popular than it has ever been all over the world. That applies to the U.S. as well, and it means that you need to know exactly what legal options you have when your marriage ends. This isn’t something that is uncommon, and it can be a positive move for your life, as long as you know what steps to take.