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Fewer divorces in Massachusetts, statistics say

A recent news article offered some interesting facts concerning marriages in Massachusetts. We typically hear that about half of all marriages end in divorce, and for that reason, media reports are full of stories and articles about celebrity breakups and matrimonial law topics. While these often cover important and relevant issues, it bears mentioning that statistics show our state ranks among the lowest in the country when it comes to divorce.

Nationally, 9.45 percent of people are divorced. However, Massachusetts has been among the states with the lowest divorce rate since as far back as 1994. Indeed, some communities around Boston hover at just over 7 percent. Boston itself comes in at 7.52 percent. The city of Malden, just north of Boston, was even listed at number 47 on the 'least-divorced list' for the entire country.

While the news article reporting these statistics did not cite specific reasons for the findings, it is perhaps interesting to observe that life appears more hospitable for married couples in our region. Nevertheless, divorce is sometimes woven into the fabric of life, and there is no shame in deciding to end a relationship, whether it is one of short duration or even one that has lasted decades.

When a person or couple decides to divorce, they may find themselves confused and intimidated by the diverse laws and procedures governing the legal dissolution of a marriage. Those facing the many issues that can come with divorce may find it helpful to consult with an experienced family law professional who can help them toward a fair and complete resolution of all outstanding legal matters.

Source: Malden Patch, "What makes your Malden marriage work?" Kasey Hariman, Jan. 19, 2012

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