Is Louisiana a difficult state for married couples to live in?

If you're living in Louisiana and thinking about getting a divorce, you're not alone. In fact, this state has one of the highest divorce rates in the entire country. Louisiana came fourth after collecting data about divorces in each state. According to the 2016 data, 20.8 couples out of every 1,000 ended up divorcing that year. The only states with higher divorce rates were Arkansas, Idaho and Nevada, which had 23.4, 21.9 and 21.3 couples divorcing per 1,000 respectively.

So where should you live if you want a better chance at a long-lasting relationship? That would be Massachusetts. There, only 12.3 out of every 1,000 marriages ended in divorce. This was followed closely by Hawaii with 12.6 couples per 1,000.

The primary issue in marriages is stress, so it's not a surprise that divorces are high in Louisiana. There is a high unemployment rate in the state and a lower-than-average median household income.

If you're looking into getting a divorce, remember that you have many things to consider before you file with the court. You need to think about your finances, child custody issues and other important factors that play a role in your divorce. Your attorney can help you look into options if you're not sure if you want to divorce. For instance, a trial separation or legal separation may work better for you in the short term, while you focus on divorce after time spent apart. Every marriage and divorce is different, but with a good education on what to expect, you can move forward with yours confidently.

Source: WAFB 9, "Louisiana has one of the nation's highest divorce rates," Mykal Vincent, accessed March 08, 2018

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