New Jersey Law Firm Crunches The Numbers on Divorce in America

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Divorce in the United States continues to garner a great deal of attention in our towns, cities, Hollywood, Washington and just about everywhere in between. Ruvolo Law Group has taken on the task of putting together a snapshot of United States divorce numbers in a visually appealing infographic.

The subject of divorce is a commonplace yet very divisive issue in American law. To even consider and expand upon the many factors and causations that could end up in marital breakdown is an intense and statistical journey, however Ruvolo Law Group of Morristown, New Jersey has come forward to create —and embrace— this challenge in the form of a clever and visually engaging infographic.

The illustration captures a high level view of United States divorce statistics in recent decades while honing in on how data varies from state to state — and even city to city. For example, Panama City, Florida’s largest metropolis, has the highest divorce rate in the country while Ruvolo Law Group’s home state of New Jersey boasts the lowest. The findings also show an increase in divorce rates within successive marriages. Nationally, about 40% to 50% of first marriages end in divorce as well as about 67% of second marriages and 73% of third marriages. Another statistical reference points to how divorce has both contributed to and correlated with changes in the economy. According to, the improving state of the US economy has caused the divorce rate to steadily rise since 2010. By 2012, 2.4 million couples in the United States had filed for divorce.

Ruvolo Law Group also found that social media and divorce correlate with one another to a noticeable degree. Specifically, the results of a divorce survey obtained by a Bay Area NBC affiliate found that about 20% of all U.S. divorce cases point to social media as the culprit for separation.

Interestingly, the rate of divorce in states that allow marriage among same-sex couples is approximately 20% lower than in states which forbid it. The infographic can be viewed here.

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Melissa M. Ruvolo Esq.
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