Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Divorce in the South


While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don't do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get divorced than people living in the Northeast.

Southern men and women had higher rates of divorce in 2009 than their counterparts in other parts of the country: 10.2 per 1,000 for men and 11.1 per 1,000 for women, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

By comparison, men and women in the Northeast had the lowest rates of divorce, 7.2 and 7.5 per 1,000, which is also lower than the national divorce rate of 9.2 for men and 9.7 for women.


Values about premarital sex associated with the Bible Belt and rural America may be encouraging people to marry early, at ages when they are likely to have less education and less income to support a long-lasting marriage, according to Naomi Cahn, law professor at The George Washington University Law School and co-author of "Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture."

"There's a moral crisis in red states that's produced by higher divorce rates and the disparity between parental values and behavior of young adults," said Cahn. "There is enormous tension between moral values and actual practices."

Read more here.


Divorce (grounds) | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Divorce in the South:


Oklahoma is the buckle of the Bible Belt and yet it has some of the highest divorce rates per capita in the nation...go figure???

Posted by: Divorce Attorneys Tulsa | Aug 26, 2011 7:21:57 PM

That seems counter-intuitive.

Posted by: Divorce Lawyer Oklahoma City | Sep 19, 2011 7:20:18 PM

Every area around the world has some changes in law. It is nice experience to read about divorce case, which occurs in south. As it is beneficial in order to have experience as I am a law practioner.

Posted by: Virginia Divorce Lawyer | Jan 30, 2012 10:07:41 PM

Post a comment