DALLAS—There’s no nice way to put it—about 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce according to Divorce.com
The site, MooseRoots, took it a step further to see how that population has changed over time, and here’s the 25 states with the highest percent of divorce growth from 1970 to 2010.
At the bottom of the list: Wichita, Kansas. At the top: Virginia Beach. What’s more, four lone star cities were sandwiched in between—with 2 of those here in DFW. El Paso was listed as #18, Arlington was #12, Corpus Christi is #5, and Plano is #3.
“Divorce can happen for a lot of reasons, and its usually not one single event. Infidelity and fights over money, and fights over how we’re going to raise the children really are some of the principle areas why people are going to file for divorce,” Scott Downing told NewsFix.
Downing is a family law attorney who’s seen his fair share of splits.
“It’s hard to say with any specific cities. Generally, filings in Texas will go by county,” he explained. “We tend to look at it by county. Tarrant, Collin, and Dallas are all areas where they have significant numbers of filing.”
This time of year isn’t just for celebrating.
“It spans all across the year, but typically you will have a little bit of an increase after the holidays are over. People don’t want to start up a divorce in the middle of holidays; the holidays are stressful enough. People generally don’t want to start up the process of the divorce during Christmas.”
Talk about a not-so-happy holiday.
“Divorce is a process and it can take a period of months at best. For people that are unhappy in the marriage, make sure that divorce is really what you want, and that you haven’t overlooked counseling or trying to work it out again. Make sure that you’ve reached that decision for the right reason.”