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Sunday, 18 April 2010 14:27

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Divorce Rates Increasing

  The divorce rate for all marriage now stands at 50% while second and third marriages face a divorce rate of 60%. 67% of recent marriage now end in divorce.

Divorce rates of the world

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So far in India nearly 7,000 divorce cases have already been filed at the family court this year, and the number is expected to reach 7,200 by year-end — 60 per cent more than the 4,500 cases filed in 2005. Couples in the 25-35 age group accounted for 70 per cent of the cases, and 85 per cent of them were filed in the first three years of marriage.

What is the current divorce rate in America?

It is frequently reported that the divorce rate in America is 50%. This data is not accurately correct, however, it is reasonably close to actual. The Americans for Divorce Reform estimates that "Probably, 40 or possibly even 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce if current trends continue.", which is actually a projection.

"50% of all marriages in the America end in divorce."
The above statement about the divorce rate in America hides all the details about distribution, however.

The divorce rate in America for first marriage, vs second or third marriage

50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 74% of third marriages end in divorce, according to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri.”

According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America:
The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

The divorce rate in America for childless couples and couples with children
According to discovery channel, couples with children have a slightly lower rate of divor

ce than childless couples.

Sociologists believe that childlessness is also a common cause of divorce. The absence of children leads to loneliness and weariness and even in the United States, at least 66 per cent of all divorced couples are childless.  

 Here are some pointers as to why divorce rates are increasing (not in order of importance) and you will find that some points are connected:

by Nita tags: Divorce

·        Greater societal acceptance of divorcees in urban areas and also a gradual acceptance of divorced daughters by families (not in rural areas) because families have started to believe that perhaps their daughter can have a life after marriage and without a husband.

·        The anonymity of big cities has helped divorced people avoid the glare of judgmental friends and relatives.

·        Financial freedom to walk away from an abusive relationships.

·        The sanctity of marriage is taking a beating. People’s attitudes towards marriage itself are changing…and as a result they do not work hard at it as before.

·        More DINKS couples (double income no kids) who are not held back by the fear of how the divorce will impact children.
Stress of modern life. Today’s working environment has changed drastically. The economy having opened up, most companies are facing intense competition and this leads to tremendous pressure on employees. Working late, 6 days a week, without holidays and with a boss who breathes down your throat can create a lot of frustration and tension. This can destroy a marriage, whether it’s just one partner working, or both.

·        Loneliness. Nuclear families have meant loneliness for the non-working partner, compounded by moving away from familiar environments. This can result in estrangement, affairs…

·        Change in gender roles. If the wife is working, gender roles change. Conflicts arising from sharing the work load at home adds to the stress faced at work. Tensions often arise if the husband imagines that the woman’s career is temporary or the woman imagines that her husband will lend a hand at home…

·        Professional rivalry. Whether in traditional India or the emancipated west, men are still not comfortable with the strong independent modern woman. Men might feel that they are ready for a working partner, and they can be…but not for a high powered career woman.

What is the current divorce rate in South Africa?

Trends in divorces (1999-2008)Posted by: Bertus on Feb 10, 2010

The published data on divorces indicate that the number of granted cases has been fluctuating between 37 098 and 28 924 per annum in the past decade (1999-2008). The distribution of couples divorcing by population group shows that there were more divorces among the African population group compared to the other groups. Despite the general fluctuations, the proportions of divorces from the mixed and the African groups have been increasing whilst that of the White group has been declining in the past ten years. In 1999 the African, Indian/Asian, White and mixed groups made up 18,4%; 5,3%; 39,9% and 1,0% of the number of divorces respectively. However, in 2008 the contribution of the African, Indian/Asian and mixed groups increased to 35,0%; 6,2% and 3,1% respectively whilst that of the White group declined to 32,8%.

Who is suing who?

The 2008 data reveal that there were more female (50,6%) than male (37,8%) plaintiffs. However, there were significant differences among population groups. Among African plaintiffs, more husbands (43,5%) than wives (41,1%) initiated the divorce. This is in sharp contrast to the other population groups, particularly among the White (58,0%) and the Coloured (57,9%) whereby most divorces were initiated by women. Even though a high proportion of the plaintiffs did not indicate the type of occupation they were engaged in at the time of divorce, the highest percentage of wives (19,8%) were in clerical and sales occupations whereas husbands (14,9%) were in managerial and administrative occupations. Very few plaintiffs were in farming and related occupations.

 Isaiah 59:19 (King James Version)When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.




  In the world we live in, it seems that marriage has become disposable and

 if you are not happy with it, one will simply file for divorce and one will be

 free. It seems like there is nothing that we can do against this evil that

 tears families apart without any resistance. Many counsellors and some

 pastors also accept divorce as a solution to marriage problems. However;

 God said in His word that He hates divorce and marital separation.


Malachi 2:16 (NIV)

“I hate divorce,” says the Lord God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the Lord Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.

Matthew 19:6 (NIV)

So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined let no man separate.

Genesis 2:24(NIV)

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

So dear reader there is hope for your future, what the Lord has put together no one can and will not separate, you are joined together till death do you part. I know you are asking yourself, "but how can my marriage be restored, my husband or wife told me that they don’t love me anymore or they made a mistake by marrying me etc". It doesn’t matter; nothing in this world can stand against our Lord Jesus' unconditional love.

The task ahead of you:  Is never greater than the POWER behind you!

Last Updated on Monday, 19 April 2010 13:51
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