There are many strange and fascinating facts about divorce. Some make us laugh, others make us glad we live in a different era or culture. A few of these facts may give you pause as
pause as you reflect on your own
- Couples in Republican dominated states tend to have a higher divorce rate than Democratic states.
- Not until 1997 was divorce permitted in Ireland.
- During the eighteenth century, cheating husbands had to wear horse blinders in order not to notice women, which was reported to be effective.
- When couples face economic hardship, they are more likely to try to work out their marital problems.
- In the ancient country of Chaldea, now known as Southern Iraq, a male could divorce his wife by simply writing a letter to his father-in-law. Yet if a woman said she no longer wanted her husband, she would be drowned.
- The Burgundians, an East Germanic Tribe, men could only divorce women in the case of adultery, violating a tomb or witchcraft. Women were not allowed to divorce and if they should abandon their home they would be drowned in a swamp.
- Divorce is illegal in Malta, The Philippines and the Vatican. The Philippines will not recognize a divorce from another country.
- Twenty years after divorce, many men have reported still not knowing what they wanted out of life (a good reason for a divorce coach).
- The divorce rate for second marriages hovers around sixty percent.
- On the average, someone gets divorced every twelve seconds.
- Thirty-three percent of males and fifty percent of women stay angry ten years after their divorce.
- An affair which ends up in marriage is twice as more likely to end up in divorce.
- After divorce ,females have more difficulty in starting a relationship then do males.
- Marriages are less likely to end in divorce with couples who earn more money, have higher levels of formal education and are older.
- The possibility of divorce increases by seventeen percent when a couple has twins.
- The probability of divorce increases if a husband or wife gains twenty percent additional body weight.
- Males are twice as likely to suffer from depression and a heart attack after divorce.
- During medieval times, couples who couldn't get along were locked in a tower until they worked out their problems.
- The Catholic Church has used St. Judith to perform marriage exorcism with couples who were not suited for each other.
- Women over the age of thirty are forty percent less likely to marry.
Some surprising, and not so surprising divorce facts.