U.S. Marriage and Divorce Rate:
|Year||US Population||Marriage Rate per 1,000 population*||Divorce Rate per 1,000 population*|
Source: CDC/NCHS National Vital Statistics System. *Excludes some states.
World Divorce Statistics
Percentage of New Marriages which End in Divorce, in Selected Countries (2002)
|Country||Divorces as a Percentage of Marriages|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||5|
U.S. Child Custody Statistics
|USA 1990 Custody Statistics (19 States reporting)||Percentage|
|Sole possession granted to mother||72.5%|
|Sole possession granted to father||10.3%|
|Possession granted to other person(s)||1.4%|
Many people believe that mothers are naturally better caregivers than fathers. And the US courts seem to agree. US Divorce Statistics show that a divorcing mother is 7 times more likely to retain sole custody of her children than a father.
Fathers, who want to protect their children from an abusive mother, are sometimes afraid to take legal action because they fear:
- Facing ridicule or disbelief from police or social services.
- Losing all contact with their children at the hands of a gender-biased legal system
- Facing steep legal costs.
- Facing abuse themselves at the hands of the perpetrator
- Being judged by their communities, families and friends.
Child Support Statistics
When it comes to child support, US census data indicates that:
- 79.6% of custodial mothers receive a child support award
- 29.9% of custodial fathers receive a child support award
US census data also indicates that fathers are more likely to fulfil their child support obligations than mothers:
- 43% of moms required to pay child support are "deadbeat moms" - i.e. they default on 100% of the money they owe,
- 32% of dads required to pay child support are "deadbeat dads" - i.e. they default on 100% of the money they owe.
One of the reasons that "deadbeat dads" get most of the bad press in the popular media is that there are a lot more of them - primarily for 2 reasons:
- There are 7 times more fathers than mothers who do not have primary custody of the children.
- Fathers are 3 times more likely than mothers to be ordered to pay child support than their female counterparts.
Source: 2002 Fox News Article