It is common knowledge that fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. But how often do you hear numbers from beyond that general statement? In addition to variables such as age groups and multiple marriages, there seems to be a difference in the divorce rate for couples with and without children.

Divorcerate.org follows different studies and makes estimates about the divorce rate in the United States and around the world. According to the site, couples with children have a lower divorce rate than those who do not have children. The site says that the absence of children leads to loneliness and weariness, and they suggest that 66 percent of all divorced couples in the U.S. are childless.

Vicki Larson also wrote a blog about the subject in the Huffington Post divorce section. She talks about a study in 1948, saying that the rate for childless divorce at that time was almost double the rate of families with children. Journalist Anneli Rufus also says that 66 percent of divorcees in the United States are childless.

According to a 2007 Pew Research Center study, 41 percent of people think children are important to a successful marriage. Back in 1990, around 65 percent of people thought they were. Does that mean we will have higher divorce rates in the future? Who knows.

When you are planning to file for divorce or going through one – childless or with children – it is extremely important that you have skilled legal help on your side. Make sure you have a knowledgeable Illinois divorce lawyer working your case, and contact our offices in Lombard, Illinois or Arlington Heights, Illinois.