As we previously mentioned, Orange County, California has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. In fact, it’s estimated that thirty-three new individuals begin divorce proceedings in O.C. every single day.
So why are divorce rates so high?
For starters, the economy has markedly improved since The Great Recession, and many couples who delayed their planned separation or divorce due to financial constraints, now have the ability to proceed, which has created an uptick in filings in recent years. But still, California has an average divorce rate of 60%, whereas the national average is still hovering around 50%.
In conjunction with the above point, Orange County’s affluence may be playing a role as well. According to the 2000 Census, the median income for an Orange County household was approximately $62,000, which is higher than the national average of approx. $55,000. Because of economics, more couples are able to afford a divorce in Orange County, while others in less affluent areas of the United States may still be forced to stay in their marriages due to financial concerns.
Cultural trends have undoubtedly played a role as well. Divorce is no longer considered “taboo” as it once was in the past. Browse any grocery store shelf and you will see the latest Hollywood “A-List” couple filing for divorce. With 50% of marriages ending in divorce, many people will view it as something everyone else is doing, thus lessoning it’s perceived impact.
However, it’s important to know that divorces can create a significant mark on the lives of those involved. In California, there are many details that couples must know before ending their marriage.
- What’s the Difference Between a Separation and Divorce?
- When should a Mediated Divorce be Considered?
- What Happens When Children Are Involved?
These are questions an experienced Orange County Divorce Attorney should answer for you.
If you are considering filing for separation or divorce, call The Law Offices of Douglas S. Pinkham today at (714) 730-0111. We offer FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultations and will go over everything with you.
For your convenience, we are available 24/7. Before you decide to become part of yet another Orange County divorce statistic, be sure to speak to us to learn more about your options!