Utah has made a list of states with the lowest divorce rates, coming in at #4.
The list, from <a href=”http://fox13now.com/2015/03/31/here-are-the-18-least-divorced-states-in-america/” target=”_blank”>FindTheHome.com</a>, ranked states according to the percentage of the total population that divorces.
Out of a population of 2,813,673, according to 2013 numbers, just 9.2% of the population n Utah is divorced.
Although divorce rates have declined since peaking in the 1970s and early 1980s, around <a href=”http://www.divorcelawyersdenver.net/why-are-divorce-attorneys-for-men-invaluable-for-husbands-in-a-divorce/” target=”_blank”>40% to 50% of marriages end in divorce</a> in the United States. However, according to a 2014 New York Times article, the downward trend could mean that just <a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/upshot/the-divorce-surge-is-over-but-the-myth-lives-on.html?smid=tw-share&abt=0002&abg=0&_r=3″ target=”_blank”>one-third (or 33%) of all marriages will eventually end in divorce</a>.
But it seems that some states have more success than others.
Topping the list was New Jersey, with a divorce rate of just 8.5% out of a population of 8,832,406. New York came in second, with a divorce rate of 8.6% for 19,487,053 residents.
The most populous state on the list was California, which came in at #8. The state’s 37,659,181 residents have a divorce rate of 9.6%
North Dakota is the least populous state on the list with just 689,781 residents. The state came in at #3 with a divorce rate of 9.2%.
Other states on the list include Iowa, Connecticut, North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Nebraska, Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Pennsylvania from highest to lowest divorce rate.
Divorces can occur for a variety of reasons, according to Elizabeth Ochoa, PhD, a marriage counselor and chief psychologist at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Ochoa explained to Yahoo! Health the <a href=”https://www.yahoo.com/health/7-life-events-that-can-lead-to-divorce-114423247633.html” target=”_blank”>top reasons her patients contact divorce lawyers</a>.
Among the reasons were some surprising life events, such as illness. A recent study from Iowa State University revealed that when one partner gets seriously ill with a life-threatening condition, they are 6% more likely to get a divorce. This was only true, however, when the wife was sick — not the husband.
Job changes, including unemployment, and childbirth were also some surprising factors in divorces.
Infidelity, however, ranked low as a cause for divorce, perhaps, according to Ochoa, because these incidents would get couples into therapy to rebuild their relationships.