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Colorado’s Divorce Rate Is At It's Lowest in a Decade

Daniel Noffsinger - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Colorado is for lovers. Well, at least it has been for the past decade. A recent look at Colorado’s divorce rate of the last 10 years shows that the rate has dropped significantly over that time. Colorado Public Radio looked at divorce trends over the past years and found Colorado’s divorce rate in 2013 was at itslowest in a decade.

According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there were 21,483 divorces in 2013. While this number is actually higher than in previous years, the rate of divorce has actually decreased. Colorado’s divorce rate for 2013 was 4.08 divorces per 1,000 residents, which is the lowest rate since 2004. A significant reason for the decreasing rate of divorce has been the rapid population growth.

There may be other another reason for the decreasing divorce rate: college education. More men and women are waiting to get married until they are older and have finished college. In 2013, the median age for getting married was 29 for men and 27 for women. These numbers are significantly higher than in 1964 when the age for man was 23.1 and 20.5 for women.

Metro State economics professor Christina Huber believes that in part the divorce rate has fallen in Colorado because there are more educated people. This in turn can lead to more financial stability, which may place less stress on the marriage. In addition to increased financial stability, older couples may be more mature. According to research, the part of the brain that regulates emotion is not fully developed until approximately the age of 25.

Considerations in a Divorce or Legal Separation

For any person thinking about divorce or legal separation, it is important to understand the various issues that need to be discussed and resolved. These

  • Division of marital property and debts, including home, business assets, vehicles, bank accounts, stocks, and retirement benefits;
  • Spousal support payments such as length and amount of support;
  • Child custody and visitation rights, including parental issues such as religious upbringing of the child or health decisions
  • for the child; and
  • Child custody payments, including costs for health insurance and education.

An experienced Colorado Springs attorney can represent you in the divorce process and answer any questions that you may have.

Contact a Colorado Springs Divorce Attorney for Help

Divorce or legal separation can be a complicated process, which is why it is imperative to have an experienced divorce attorney help you through this process. A Colorado Springs divorce attorney at Noffsinger Law LLC can help answer your questions and guide you through the divorce process. The professionals at Noffsinger Law LLC have extensive experience handling divorce and legal separation issues. We understand that this can be a difficult time in your and your family’s life, and we want to be there to help you through this process as seamlessly as possible.

Contact a Colorado Springs divorce attorney today for a free initial consultation. Call us at 719-368-3688 or visit our office at 545 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite 205 in Colorado Springs.