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Colorado divorce rates average with that of the nation

Although divorce rates may be falling for most couples across the nation and in Colorado, one group is not benefiting from the decline. Poor couples still have a high divorce rate, and it is, in fact, much higher than the average divorce rate for other groups of couples. Today, the number of divorces was about the same for poor couples as it was in the 1980s.

However, the group of college-educated, married couples who divorce within seven years of marriage has dropped to 11 percent today from over 20 percent in the early 1980s. One reason for this could be the lack of tension over financial matters. Couples who have a college degree usually get better paying jobs. Their jobs are also usually more stable than a low-paying job at, say, a fast-food restaurant.

Approximately two-thirds of divorces begin by a woman filing for the divorce, per Bill Doherty who teaches at the University of Minnesota. In a study conducted by Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson, the divorce rate was found to be around 50 percent for those who do not hold a college degree. Conversely, only 29 percent of college-educated couples divorce.

Divorces in Colorado compare equally with the national averages. And although most of the time it is the woman who files for divorce, men also make that decision at the end of a loving relationship. Divorce attorneys who work in Colorado may be able to help those who are trying to make a decision. Making a decision to divorce often affects more people than just the couple involved, so planning ahead before making any final decisions can be beneficial.

Source: The Washington Post, "Men are to blame for the high divorce rate among America's poor", Darlena Cunha, May 4, 2015

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