Divorce rates can tell an interesting story. It is often reflective of the generations and how they view marriage and divorce.
Looking at current divorce rates in Texas, they show that it is one of the states with the lowest number of divorces.
The Texas divorce rate
A study by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2021 showed the divorce rate per 1,000 women in Texas was at 1.5. In a ranking of 46 states from highest to lowest divorce rates, Texas came in at number 44.
To put this in perspective, the marriage rate in Texas, based on the same factors, was 5.8.
Reasons people divorce or stay together
Divorce has often been dependent on how people feel about it. Older generations would avoid breaking up a marriage, even when things were quite bad because they felt it was the right thing to do. But Baby Boomers embraced it. They had no trouble leaving marriages.
Today’s low rates reflect the newer generations. Many of them are putting off marrying until they are older and positive it is what is right for them. Thinking things through before making the commitment can lead to stronger marriages that endure. Still, every generation experiences divorce.
Research shows the likely reason for the low divorce rate in Texas has nothing to do with values or the way people feel about the process. It is probably about the cost. Many couples see it as a more sensible option to work through their troubles and avoid a divorce to save money.