New data suggests that nearly 79 percent of all couples that separate will eventually be divorced.
A researcher from Ohio State University presenting at the Population Association of America, stated that “Separation is very common and is more common than immediate divorce. Most separations last one year or less, but a few drag on a decade or more before ending in divorce. Other separations stay unresolved.”
One factor that determines whether or not a couple separates first or goes straight to divorce is whether or not there are children under age 5. To find these results, data was collected from 7,272 people who were between the ages of 14 and 22 in the year 1979. Researchers looked into whether or not the individuals were ever married, separated or divorced.
The study found that 51 percent were still married, 60 percent had gone through a marital separation, and of these 79 percent divorced. The average length of separation is two years.
If you or a loved one are currently separated and would like to learn more about your divorce options, contact the Monmouth County divorce lawyers of the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling (732) 898-2378.