If you have uncertainty about getting a divorce because you worry about what others will think, it is very important to remember that you are not alone. Moreover, you should not let the opinions of others (even close friends and family members) prevent you from taking steps to find happiness and move on from a dysfunctional marriage.
Statistics show that many people in Pennsylvania and across the country decide to end their marriages each year.
Data on divorce in 2020
According to statistics presented on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, the divorce rate in Pennsylvania is higher than the rate in many other states. In 2020, Pennsylvania had a divorce rate of 2.3 for every 1,000 people. New York had a divorce rate of 1.8, while Texas saw a rate of 1.5. Many other states had a divorce rate in excess of 3 out of every 1,000 people, including Florida, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and others.
Data on divorce in 2019
In 2019, Pennsylvania had a higher divorce rate (2.6 out of every 1,000 people). Some other states reached or exceed a divorce rate of 4 per 1,000 people in 2019.
If you come to the conclusion that you need to file for a divorce, take a confident and methodical approach. Do not let feelings of guilt or unnecessary anxiety interfere with your ability to focus on your finances and other divorce issues you could have to address, such as the division of your marital property and terms of child custody.