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Trends in Virginia's divorce rate

How does Virginia's divorce rate compare to the rest of the country? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data points to Virginia's rate being above the national average.

According to this data, in 2016, the state saw 3.4 divorces for every 1,000 residents. The U.S. divorce rate, meanwhile, was 3.2. As a note, the national rate was based off of data coming from a vast majority (but not all) of the states.

Virginia has consistently seen divorce rates above the national average in recent times. Between 2000 and 2016, the state's rate exceeded the national rate every year.

How does Virginia compare to its neighbors for divorce rate? In 2016, it landed in the middle. It had a higher rate than Washington D.C., Maryland and North Carolina. Meanwhile, it had a lower rate than Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

While Virginia's rate is higher than the national average, it has been following the general national trend of falling divorce rates. While the state's 2016 rate was slightly above its rate from 2015, it was down quite a bit from where the rate has been in the past. For example, the state's rate was at 3.8 in 2010 and 4.3 in 2000.

Each state has its own unique factors that contribute to its divorce rate and divorce trends. And this is not the only area of variation between the states when it comes to divorce. State's also vary in their divorce laws. This includes in their rules related to issues like child support, child custody, alimony and property division. So, when getting divorced in Virginia, getting guidance on the state's unique divorce rules and how to navigate these rules can be critical.

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