As divorce attorneys in Salt Lake City, we hear a lot about the divorce rate. In 1990 5.1 people per 1,000 were divorced in Utah according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). That means that roughly 5,500 people needed to hire a divorce attorney in Salt Lake City and the surrounding region. If we fast-forward to 2010, only 3.7 people per 1,000 were divorce in that year. Only 4,400 people needed to hire a divorce attorney in Salt Lake City, even though the population had grown over the 20 year period. Don’t believe me? Check out this chart from the CDC website:
Now let’s take a look at the marriage rate statistics. In 1990, 11.2 people per 1,000 decided to tie the knot. If we jump to 2010, that number had dropped to 8.5 people per 1,000. 2.2(1990) 2.3(2010)
So what do those numbers tell us? Well in 1990 .46 people (5.1/11.2) were divorced for every one person that got married that year. Stepping in our time machine to 2010, .44 people (3.7/8.5) were divorced for every one person that got married that year. So really, is it the divorce rate that is falling? I think that the better answer is that fewer people are getting married, the result is that fewer people are getting divorced.
I am a divorce attorney in Salt Lake City, NOT a statistician. So check these numbers for yourself and come to your own conclusion as to whether I am right or not.