For Generation Ex

Divorce Magazine — who knew it existed? — offers a cornucopia of divorce statistics.

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  1. Sad. Sad that it is such a common thing that a magazine which caters to it can survive.

  2. If you think a magazine devoted to that is sad, you’ve obviously never been to an adult bookstore.

    But I was glad to see that the statistics show someting I suspected for a long time: the overall percentage is high because so many of those who have bad marriages once try again, and again, and again… and never bother to change.

    Where do they get those tactics? The local teachers union?

  3. Walter Wallis says:

    Next yeaR, 5%.

  4. Walter Wallis says:

    JJ, please, a spell check?

  5. Walter,

    Congrats on the (impending) Golden Anniversary!

    And try the Preview function. “Its betterer” than a spell check, if ya know what I mean.

  6. This part didn’t make sense to me.

    Likelihood of new marriages ending in divorce in 1997: 43%
    Percentage of first marriages that end in divorce in 1997: 50%
    Percentage of remarriages that end in divorce in 1997: 60%

    How can the first claim be accurate if the 2nd and 3rd are?
    I’m pulling some explanations out of the air, but I’m not able to hold onto them, if you know what I mean.

  7. Half, I think that people marrying for the first time in 1997 are less likely to get divorced than people who married for the first time in earlier years. The divorce rate has declined somewhat.

  8. Thanks, Joanne, but I dunno. What was the total number of “first marriages” drawn from? I didn’t see any numbers on “total number of couples in first marraiges.” And I’m skeptical that they had information that in 1997, 50% of all people who had ever been married had also at one time been divorced.
    Well, I went down to, and checked out some divorce papers (I’m not filing, I’m researching). I think I found one document that Divorce Magazine used as a resource:

    Problem is, the Census folks (fine demographers, all of them, I’m sure) use the phrase:

    “About 50 percent of first marriages
    for men under age 45 may end in
    divorce, and between 44 and 52
    percent of women’s first marriages
    may end in divorce for these age

    Or, as the subheading reads:

    “Nearly half of recent first
    marriages may end in divorce.”

    That’s a serious omision, in my opinion. Shame on Divorce Magazine (is that redundant?).

    The closest that I could find was that 54% of all men and 60% of all women had married (presumably, only) once, whereas 13% of men and women had married twice (and not all of these marriages are preceded by divorce). But not all men and women have married, so I’m left wondering what percentage of men and women have ever been divorced (which even then wouldn’t be an exact answer to my question, but I’d settle for it).
    But now, this is turning into a blog entry, so I’ll stop.

  9. Rita C. says:

    Half Canadaian: information on marriages and divorces is on marriage licenses.

  10. D. Cooper says:

    Jon … knock off that teacher union crap …

    And, I can’t wait for the same-sex marriage (union) stats to start weighing in. Probably be another mag for that.