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Divorce Rate Exceeds Marriage Rate in Some Places

Posted by J. Benjamin Stevens | Oct 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Tennessee Department of Health recently released statistics about divorce and marriage rates across the state. The numbers showed that overall, nearly as many couples divorce each year as get married, a disappointing revelation in a state where lawmakers already complain about high divorce rates. Though the overall number was already high, the number is significantly higher in some counties than others. Specifically, four counties in Tennessee have more people getting divorced than getting married.

The worst example of the high divorce rates comes from Trousdale County, a small rural county home to the city of Hartsville. According to data from 2013, Trousdale County had a nearly 90 percent divorce rate. A reporter for the local paper interviewed several people about the unflattering statistics, finding several people on their third or even fourth marriage.

A local attorney who handles many of the divorce cases says that in his experience most of the marital troubles concern either money or infidelity (which can be said for most divorces in South Carolina and elsewhere). Either someone has cheated or someone has wasted or spent money. In both cases, couples appear quick to throw in the towel rather than continue to face ongoing marital troubles. However, no one knows exactly why Trousdale County is particularly impacted by these concerns.

Source: “Tennessee county has divorce rate of almost 90 percent,” published at

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