People in Alabama who have more education might be less likely to get a divorce. Studies have found that a higher income, more education and marrying later in life all tend to be connected and can all be indicators that the marriage is less vulnerable to coming to an end.
When laws began changing in the 20th century to make getting a divorce less difficult, it was initially couples with more education who took advantage of them. This was most likely because they had the resources to divorce. However, over time, this shifted, and divorce rose among couples with less education. A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center found that women who had college educations had a 78% chance of their marriage lasting while those with high school diplomas had only a 40% chance.
Divorce rates increased in the 20th century as ending a marriage became more acceptable socially, as women became more financially independent and as alimony and child support became more available to the lower-earning spouse. Although the divorce rate remains high in the United States, it is on the decline for millennials. This may be because they are getting married later, meaning they spend more time on their education and are better established financially when they finally tie the knot.
However, a divorce can happen to anyone regardless of finances and education, and when it does, it may be necessary to divide any shared property. The couple might also have to decide on a child custody schedule. This can be a difficult process, but it does not always mean having to go to court. Some people are able to negotiate an agreement for property division and child support with their assistance of their respective attorneys. One advantage of reaching an agreement outside of court is the degree of control the couple has over that agreement.