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Divorce Statistics in Tennessee

Most people have heard that nearly one in two American marriages ends in divorce.  However what are the true statistics for Tennessee and how does our state compare to other states and the nation?

Research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Atlanta, shows the following:

  • The marriage rate for Tennessee in 2007 was 10.1 per 1,000-population
  • The marriage rate for the U.S. in 2007 was 7.3 per 1,000-population
  • The divorce rate for Tennessee in 2007 was 4.3 per 1,000-population
  • The divorce rate for the U.S. in 2007 was 3.6 per 1,000-population

Here is how the 2007 divorce rate in Tennessee compared to other states per 1,000-population per CDC research:

  • Massachusetts: 2.3
  • Texas: 3.3
  • Tennessee: 4.3
  • Florida: 4.6
  • Idaho: 4.9
  • West Virginia: 5.1
  • Arkansas: 5.9
  • Nevada: 6.5

How our Clarksville divorce law firm can help you

These statistics represent the turmoil and pain suffered by countless broken families.  Each divorce involved its own unique set of circumstances, issues, and requirements.

With respect to divorce, each couple must decide what type of divorce they will pursue.  The two main choices are contested or uncontested divorce:

  • Contested divorce: The parties cannot agree on one or several issues, even with the help of their respective Clarksville divorce attorney, and they must fight it out in a courtroom.
  • Uncontested divorce: The parties can agree on each and every issue related to the divorce. While it does not have to be amicable, the matter can be settled outside the courtroom.

Consult our divorce lawyer in Clarksville about ADR services

If the divorcing couple can proceed with an uncontested divorce, they are good candidates for alternative dispute resolution, or ADR.  This strategy offers two options for settling the divorce outside the courtroom including the following:

  • Mediation: A neutral, third-party mediator helps the couples resolve all issues in the divorce, and  a judge finalizes the dissolution of the marriage.
  • Arbitration: A neutral, third-party arbitrator acts as a judge and listens to both sides of the argument, and then renders a binding decision.

Since ADR take place outside the courtroom, these settlements are often faster, more civil, and more economical than those settled in divorce court.

Contact us today

If you are looking for Clarksville divorce law firms that can help you, Attorney Karen Cain is a qualified Clarksville divorce lawyer who can provide you with experienced, knowledgeable, cost-effective legal representation on all types of family law matters.

The Law Office of Karen Cain, Attorney at Law, is easily accessible by public transportation as well as local interstates, with plenty of free parking.  To schedule your free initial consultation, please call us at 615-467-1804 or fill out our Quick Contact online form.

Karen Cain, Attorney at Law serves clients in the metro-Nashville Davidson County area and all middle Tennessee counties.


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