5 Incredibly Useful Texas Divorce Statistics - Divorce Rates Decline

A quote you often hear is the 50% of marriages end in divorce. According to U.S. National Center for Health Statistics the divorce rate in the United States peaked between the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Since that time the divorce rate has been declining.

2013 and 2014 Texas Divorce Statistics and Historical Trends

The Texas Department of Health Services conducts and compiles research regarding the number of marriages and divorces in Texas. In their 2013 report it shows that Texas divorce reached an all-time high in 1981 of 101,856 divorces. Thereafter divorce rates started to fall in Texas until 1989 and then rose again until 1992. Thereafter they have continued to fall.

Divorces by Year in Texas

Year

Number of Divorces

Percent increase/ Decrease from previous year

Divorces per 1,000 Residents

2014

71,988

5.8% decrease

2.7

2013

76,423

4.51% decrease

2.9

2012

80,030

1.2% increase

3.1

2011

79,024

3.8% decrease

3.1

2010

82,098

.33% increase

3.3

2009

81,822

3% increase

3.3

2008

79,438

2.1% increase

3.3

2007

77,806

2.1% decrease

3.3

2006

79,469

4.6% increase

3.4

2005

75,980

6.6% decrease

3.3

2004

81,324

3.6

As of 2014 there were 71,988 divorces in Texas and the divorce rate in Texas was reported to be 2.9 per 1000 residents. This was a decrease of 5.8% from 2013 in which there were 76,423 divorces.

Texas 2014 Divorce Rates in Harris County and Surrounding Counties

County

Divorces Per

1,000 Residents

Population

Estimated #

of Divorces

Harris

2.68

4,447,577

11,902

Montgomery

3.45

519,054

1,791

Liberty

3.11

78,200

243

Chambers

4.20

38,132

160

Galveston

3.26

314,283

1,026

Brazoria

3.73

338,176

1,261

Fort Bend

2.43

686,650

1,670

Waller

3.03

46,798

142

The study showed both the raw number of Texas divorce cases by county and the rate of divorce per 1,000 residents. Harris County, the state’s most populous county with over 4.4 million residents, had the highest number of divorces in 2014 with 11,902 which is down from 14,273 in 2013. Despite the high number of raw divorces, Harris County has a Texas divorce rate of 2.68 divorces per 1,000 residents

Texas 2013 Divorce Rates in Harris County and Surrounding Counties

County

Divorces Per

1,000 Residents

Population

Estimated #

of Divorces

Harris

3.3

4,325,413

14,273.86

Montgomery

4

497,791

1,991.16

Liberty

4

78,982

315.93

Chambers

5.1

36,774

187.55

Galveston

3.7

305,938

1,131.97

Brazoria

3.6

330,385

1,189.39

Fort Bend

2.8

650,693

1,821.94

Waller

3.2

45,277

144.89

The study showed both the raw number of Texas divorce cases by county and the rate of divorce per 1,000 residents. Harris County, the state’s most populous county with over 4.3 million residents, had the highest number of divorces in 2013 with 14,273. Despite the high number of raw divorces, Harris County has a Texas divorce rate of 3.3 divorces per 1,000 residents

Age and Divorce

It is reported that for men 44.4% of divorces occurred in the 30-44 age group. This same age group of women were similarly effected (44.5%). Teenagers and divorce represented a small percentage of the divorces for 2013 in the amount of .1% for men and .3% for women.

Get Answers for Your Texas Divorce Case Questions

While statistics regarding Divorce in Texas may be interesting, they do not capture the complexity of a Texas divorces. Every couple is unique and brings a different set of facts and personality to a case that requires personal care. Call the Law Office of Bryan Fagan today for a free consultation if you have any questions about family law in the State of Texas.

Additional Resources

For more useful statistics regarding divorce you may want to check out Gustavo Frances blog article “Real Divorce Statics for 2016."

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Our divorce lawyers in Houston TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact Law Office of Bryan Fagan by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan handles Divorce cases in Houston, Texas, Cypress, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County and Waller County.

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