Florida Divorce Rate Declines

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By: Mike Vasilinda
July 21, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- A new report from the Department of Health shows slightly more people got married last year than the year before, ending what has been a decade long decline. The number of divorces is also falling.

Alma Reyes Rivera tied the knot with her beau Louis in a civil ceremony on Tuesday.

“I do,” said the blushing bride when the time came.

Alma and Louis may be part of a growing trend.

“We have been together about three years now, so we decided to get married because we love each other.”

The actual number of marriages and the number of marriages as a percent have been falling for a decade. 2014 saw a three tenths of a percentage uptick in marriage. Michele Taylor from Florida’s Catholic Conference says that’s a good thing.

“Those who are married are generally happier, healthier, and enjoy longer lives than those who are not married” says Taylor.

The vital statistics report for last year shows there were 54 divorces for every one hundred marriages. Not since 1960 has there been a lower percentage of divorces when compared to population. Before that, the lowest rate was in the 1930’s.

Alma told us she found the lower divorce rate heartening, “That’s good news that marriages are lasting longer in these times. It’s really difficult” said the newlywed.

One trend that hasn’t changed: more people get married and divorced in Florida when compared to the national average.

Nationally, the marriage and divorce rate is about a half percent less than it is here in the Sunshine State.

Even with the uptick, there were still about 13,000 fewer marriages from the high water mark in 2006 when about 8.8% of the population married, compared to 7.4% last year.

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