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Data suggest fewer marriages, more work from home in this decade

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2023 | Divorce

Statistics reveal data that those who study fields can interpret and project to find relationships, trends and insight. While each couple has its own causes for a divorce, a profile of marriage and divorce compiled by Bowling Green State University reveals how several causes may contribute to the rate of change in marriage and divorce over the past five years.

Texas marriage rate defies national decline

Marriage and divorce rates have shared one common bit of data since 2017: Both have declined significantly, with the adjusted marriage rate in 2019 of 28.5 per 1,000 women and a divorce rate of 13.5 per 1,000 during the same year. Not surprisingly, projections for marriage and divorce rates in 2020 fell short. Texas bucked the trend, with a 38% increase in marriages.

Texas projected as best work-from-home state in 2023

Among the sweeping changes over the past three years, the movement to work from home ranks perhaps as the most significant. The impact brought families closer, especially in Texas. According to data released from the Census Bureau, the number of remote workers in Texas went from 6% in 2019 to more than 10% in 2021. According to Dwellics, Texas occupies nearly 40% of the top 100 best cities for remote work in 2023. That jumped by more than ten percentage points in three years.

Work-related changes put a strain on a relationship, whether as a cause to relocate or the decision to work from home. New routines can alter how partners and spouses interact and change expectations. Attorneys who understand how the changing nature of work can contribute to a separation or divorce can offer guidance.