Studies indicate that 40 to 50% of all first marriages in the United States will end in divorce. The numbers for second marriages are even higher at 60%. So divorce attorneys provide a much-needed service. Providers of competent family law advice and specifically child custody law advice can help couples navigate the minefield of often confusing laws regarding this topic.
There’s evidence to indicate that the longer we wait to marry, the lower our chances of divorce. Couples who wed at age 20 or younger have the highest rate. Those marriages are almost 1.5 times as likely to fail as when the partners marry between the ages of 20 to 24. And partners whose weddings occur after the age of 25 are even less likely to be divorced.
Family law attorneys know that in America, there’s a divorce about every 36 seconds. That amounts to almost 2,400 a day, 16,800 divorces each week and 876,000 divorces every year. year. Divorce attorneys have helped to craft child support agreements for 48.6% of the 14.4 million custodial parents in the United States, according to a report released by the Census Bureau in 2013.
A total of $37.9 billion in child support was owed in 2011, due to the efforts of child custody attorneys. The average annual amount due was $6,050 per year, which works out to about $500 per month.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten. It’s estimated that every year some 4.8 million women experience physical violence by an intimate partner. In fact, over 38 million women have experienced physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.
Marriages that break up have lasted, on average, about nine years. With the statistics continually indicating a success rate of only around 50%, it’s easy to see why there will always be a requirement for the highly specialized services of divorce attorneys.