If you want to end your marriage, you likely have a number of questions and various concerns. Aside from legal matters, such as the distribution of marital property and child custody, you could worry about how other people will react to your divorce. For example, you could have anxiety about family members becoming disappointed or judgment from others.
It is vital to understand how prevalent divorce is and know that you are not alone. Many couples end their marriage each year and you should not let these fears prevent you from moving on if divorce is necessary.
Statistics on divorce
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that based on provisional data from 2020, more than 630,500 people filed for divorce. This data is based on reports from 45 states and Washington D.C. To look at this another way, 2.5 out of every 1,000 people in these states got a divorce in 2020.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that more than 71,100 couples got divorced during 2015, or 2.6 out of every 1,000 people.
Preparing for your divorce
If you have made the decision to move on from your marriage, preparation is essential. You should have confidence and realize that many other people decide to end their marriage each year. Review the unique aspects of your situation, such as your finances, family life and property. Do not let negative emotions such as anxiety or depression interfere with your ability to protect your interests and secure a favorable end result, especially since your divorce could impact your life for years to come.