It’s one of the most confusing statistics concerning divorce. According to figures provided by the U.S. Census, Utah has one of the highest divorce rates in the nation. Yet, the state’s men and women are among the least likely to get a divorce. How does this happen? It’s simple. More people throughout the state are getting remarried. But they are not just getting married again. They are tying the knot for a second or third time at a remarkably fast rate. When it comes to remarriage, practice makes perfect. It turns out, second marriages tend to last much longer and tend to stick. The numbers don’t lie. Utah men have the fifth lowest divorce rate in the nation at 8.2 percent, while the state’s women have the nation’s fourth lowest rate at 10.2 percent.
Ask any Salt Lake City divorce lawyer why marriages fail and they have heard just about every excuse. Whether it is infidelity, troubles with balancing a career and family, or irreconcilable differences, people tend to learn from their mistakes during their second marriages. One of the glaring statistics that make Utah unique is people are getting married at a much younger age. While most Americans are waiting longer to make their nuptials, Utah couples continue to get married in their early 20s. The bad news is most failed marriages tend to have with younger couples. However, those who remarry tend to have much better success.
Not every person who gets divorced will remarry. But when it comes to finding Mr. or Miss. Right the second time, age does play a significant role. Perhaps the biggest reason more people in Utah get married at a younger age is the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah is the only state where the Mormon faith is the dominant religion. There is also greater pressure on divorce Mormons the re-enter the dating pool. Consider these Census statistics. In 2013, nearly 73 percent of Utah women and 68 percent of men remarried at least once compared to 70 percent of women and 64 percent of men nationwide. The influence of the church cannot be underestimated, where the institution of marriage is highly emphasized.
According to the Marriage Foundation, 45 percent of first-time marriages end in divorce. But those numbers drop to 31 percent for those who find love the second time. The truth is marriage takes work. Many people who have gone through a divorce learn from their mistakes. Experience and maturity also play major factors. For example, just about every couple goes through a period of adjustment. Those who get married the second time have already experienced that adjustment period and are more prepared to meet those challenges.
When it comes to divorce, we either learn from our mistakes or we become more prone to repeat the same failures. Sometimes consulting with a lawyer can help. Salt Lake City divorce attorney Emy A. Cordano has successfully represented many men and women from all walks of life. As someone who has gone through the divorce process, she understands many of the challenges and obstacles couples face. In addition to providing legal representation and counsel, she can also provide valuable insight and information about divorce and how to properly navigate through the legal process. To learn more, contact her law office today to schedule a consultation.