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Virginia makes list of least divorced states in the country

When some people think of divorce, the adage that half of all marriages end in divorce might come to mind. That, however, is no longer the case and hasn't been for some time now. The divorce rate has been on the decline for several decades now. In Virginia, the percentage of residents who are divorced is so low that the state made a recent list of the 18 least divorced states.

On the list, which was created by the website FindTheHome, Virginia came in at number 12. According to the list, only 9.9 percent of the eight million-plus residents in the state are divorced. Our neighbors in Maryland also made the list a few spots above us at number nine. New Jersey took the number one spot with only 8.5 percent of over 8,800,000 residents being divorced.

It is interesting to note that the divorce rate actually peaked more than 30 years ago. The rate peaked in the 1970s and into the 1980s, but it has been trending downward since then. In fact, if the current trend in the divorce rate in this country continues, it will reach almost two-thirds.

This trend in the divorce rate doesn't mean that people in unhappy marriages should stick things out in the hopes that they get better. There are some instances in which ending a marriage is the best option. For those who are considering divorce, learning how it can affect you and learning about the process might help you to feel more in control of the situation as you move to start your new single life.

Source: WTVR, "Virginia is for Lovers! Here are the 18 least divorced states in America," Mike Schneider, March. 31, 2015

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