According to ABC News, the current divorce rate in the United States is more than 40%. The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is about seven years.
But in Dorchester, people take their vows and promise of "until death do us part" much more seriously.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports the latest data on marital status among current Dorchester residents:
- Never married: 22.1%
- Now married: 64.2%
- Separated: 0.0%
- Widowed: 6.7%
- Divorced: 7.0%
A 7% divorce rate in Dorchester compared to the nation's divorce rate in excess of 40%. That's pretty remarkable -- and that's a good thing, especially if children are involved, since more evidence is showing the long lasting and damaging effects of divorce on kids.
Currently, the average age of marriage in Nebraska is 26 -- and the average Nebraska marriage lasts 23 years, when including those ending in divorce.
If you've made it that long, congratulations!
For those of you contemplating divorce, ABC News also reports Nebraska is one of the worst states to undo the knot. Two reasons? A filing fee of $157 and 420 days to process the divorce. A year’s residency is required, which is followed by a two-month cooling-off period.