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Arizona Reports Higher than Average Divorce Rate

Arizona Reports Higher than Average Divorce Rate

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Arizona has a higher-than-average remarriage rate following divorce in comparison to the rest of the nation. National averages in the United States show that 24.8 percent of men get married more than one time, and for women the average is 24.4 percent. In the state of Arizona, however, these remarriage figures are 28 percent for the male population and 28.3 percent for the female population.

In northwest Arizona, the percentage is dramatically higher. In Lake Havasu, 41 percent of men and 42.3 percent of women have said "I do" more than once.

Lake Havasu's figures are so high that it definitely leaves one asking why. A senior pastor at a church in Lake Havasu has some ideas why divorce rates are higher in the area. He said that the figures could be interpreted in two ways: either the residents of the area are a lot better or a lot worse than people in other parts of the country.

The preacher said that people are politically conservative in his community. Further, he said that a lot of people in the area have traditional values. As a result, his interpretation is that residents are more likely to remarry than to simply live together. He also mentioned that Lake Havasu tends to be both a party town and a retirement community. He felt that the party lifestyle results in the destruction of a lot of marriages.

An economist from Arizona State University has another interpretation. He said that Lake Havasu has an older population demographic. The older a person is, the more likely they have been married at least twice. Also, as the preacher pointed out, the older one gets, the more likely that the individual's spouse has passed away, so the ability to remarry may not simply be the result of divorce.

Regardless how many times one has been through a divorce, it does not necessarily make it easier. Indeed, each divorce is different, and each divorce must be handled according to its unique facts and legal circumstances.

Source: trivalleycentral.com, "Arizona divorce rates exceed nat’l average" Howard Fischer, Mar. 17, 2015

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