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Divorce by the Numbers: The State of Florida Divorce Data

Many of us have commonly heard that roughly 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce (the nationwide rate according to the CDC is 2.9 divorces per 1,000 people). While the statistic may shock some, others can count on both hands (and feet!) the number of divorced couples they know.

The challenge with statistics, however, is that the data never quite tells the full story. Each relationship is unique; each divorce is unique. Yet understanding the bigger picture and noting relevant trends can be telling about our culture and society.

The data behind divorce

Nationwide, the trend for divorce has steadily declined over the past several decades and Florida is no different. According to data published by the CDC, the rate of divorce in Florida has dropped from 6.3 divorces per 1,000 people in 1990 to 3.6 divorces per 1,000 people in 2018. That’s a noteworthy difference.

Yet while the overall trend for divorce rates has steadily decreased, Florida still holds a top spot in terms of the highest divorce rates in the country (Nevada comes in first with 4.5 divorces per 1,000 people). Within Florida, Miami and Tampa Bay hover near the top when it comes to cities with the highest divorce rates.

Divorce and you

Tracking divorce data and knowing the numbers is interesting, but when it comes to your personal situation, it’s your numbers and your family that matter most. That’s why at Vasquez de Lara Law Group, we work side-by-side with each of our clients to help them in the way that’s best for their unique situation.

If you are considering divorce or have questions about family law, don’t hesitation to reach out to us at any time. We’re just a phone call or email away. Give a call at 305-596-9951.

Author Bio

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a Miami family law firm. With over 18 years of experience in family law, she has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including divorces, child support, child custody, alimony, and other family law cases.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and the 2016-2023 Super Lawyers list.

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