Whether you find yourself in the middle of a divorce or want to end your marriage but have not taken any steps to split up with your spouse, you could have many questions and areas of uncertainty. From the impact divorce could have on your kids to your finances (such as property division, alimony and child support), ending your marriage can bring up serious issues.
Aside from legal matters, you might have concerns about the emotional toll of divorce and how others could react to your divorce. You should take a look at data on the prevalence of divorce to serve as a reminder that you are not alone.
Divorce in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Health published data on the divorce rate in this state. Over the course of 2021, Pennsylvania saw more than 31,600 divorces and annulments, up from 28,884 in 2020. In 2015, 33,600 people got an annulment or divorce, compared to 36,345 in 2012.
Clearly, divorce is not uncommon in Pennsylvania, and many married couples find themselves in this position.
Approaching divorce with confidence
If family members pressure you to make your marriage work out, you need to remember that you are in control of your life and future. You should not feel trapped in a toxic marriage or try to make a dysfunctional relationship work solely because you worry about social stigma as a divorcee.
In Pennsylvania and across the U.S., many married couples get divorced each year and you should not feel ashamed or see yourself as a failure. If you have decided that divorce is necessary, take a proactive and confident approach to the process.