Here at the Single Parent Foundation our goal is to put ourselves out of business. We want to help couples going through difficult times to work on their relationship, and hopefully strengthen their marriage. If that is not possible, or divorce has already occurred, we want to help single parents get back on their feet and learn the skills necessary for both the parent, and their children to have successful relationships in the future.
It has been shown that a significant percentage of those who live in poverty today are there as a result of divorce, or unwed parenting. Regardless of the circumstances that lead to the situation, however, it is our mission to help single parents, and families to recover from difficult situations, so they can regain the stability and control in their lives that is needed.
Understanding Divorce Statistics
When trying to help single parents, it is important to have a good understanding of divorce, and its causes. Looking at when divorce occurs, where it occurs, and other things, it is possible to help prevent these types of problems.
For example, looking at the age of men and women when they tend to get a divorce can help us to understand more about the pressures and problems that couples face at different points in their life. According to recent research, the divorce by age breaks down as follows:
- Under 20 Years Old – Women 27.6% – Men 11.7%
- 20 – 24 Years Old – Women 36.6% – Men 38.8%
- 25-29 Years Old – Women 16.4% – Men 22.3%
- 30 – 34 Years Old – Women 8.5% – Men 11.6%
- 35 – 39 Years Old – Women 5.1% – Men 6.5%
This information helps our staff to know how to better help people who come in with troubled relationships. We are able to show that if younger couples are able to identify the problems in their relationship, and get through them, their chances at having a successful, permanent relationship goes up dramatically.
We have also looked at what affect things like where people live have on divorce. It might be surprising to some, but the state you live in can have a major impact on the likelihood of getting a divorce. For example, the states with the most divorces are Nevada (14.2%), Maine (13.6%) and Oklahoma (12.9%). Compare this to those states with the lowest divorce rates such as North Dakota (8.1%), New Jersey (8.2%) and New York (8.4%).
All of the statistics were gathered from the National Survey of Family Growth. Reviewing these types of surveys and other studies is just one of the many ways we prepare ourselves to help every single parent, or couple who is going through difficult times. Armed with this information, we can provide the assistance and guidance that can help save a marriage, or build the foundation for happy, successful relationships in the future.