According to data from the Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey, Arizona has a marriage rate of 47.3 percent. This is slightly below the national average of 48.2 percent of residents aged 15 and older who are married. Population figures were gleaned using a five-year average that ended in 2017. The divorce rate nationally has fallen since 2000, but at the same time, the marriage rate has also fallen.
In 2000, 8.2 people per every 1,000 American residents were married. This was compared to just 6.9 people were married for every 1,000 people living in the country almost a decade later. In Arizona specifically, the marriage rate in 2017 was 5.8 per 1,000 individuals living there, which was the 11th lowest in the United States. Conversely, it had a divorce rate of 3.5 individuals per 1,000 state residents.
To be considered divorced in the study, a person needed to have a formal divorce decree. Those who did not yet have such a decree were considered to be separated for the terms of the study. Nationally, the divorce rate in 2017 was 2.9 people for every 1,000 living in the country. In 2000, that number was four people per every 1,000. The study found that less than 33 percent of Americans who are older than 15 have never been married. Furthermore, another 13 percent were either separated or had gotten divorced and had not remarried.
In a divorce, property division could be a point of contention as a couple may have a retirement account, a home or other valuable goods. If a couple has children, custody and other issues related to raising them could arise. An attorney may be able to help an individual navigate those and other problems. It may also be worthwhile to work with a mediator.