Divorce rates from countries across the world are collected by the United Nations. Although we are in 2016, divorce rate information for 2013 is just being completed. I have posted an easily readable graph of 71 countries reporting here. You can find the original source of this data at the UN Demographic Report. They have a little data for 2014.
In the last few weeks I have received several requests about where to find programs for divorcing couples and stepfamilies. There is a growing list of very good online resources and programs. You can see my lists of these resources here:
Just updated my list of references that measure the effectiveness and development of divorce education.
There are some new programs including an online program for unmarried parents developed by faculty at Indiana University. Also, see an effort by Arizona State to measure the cost effectiveness of their program New Beginnings. There are also other programs that expand the scope and understanding of divorce education.
Someone should update the list of states that now mandate divorce education.
With only 27 countries reporting, the European divorce rates in 2013 indicate that the countries with the highest divorce rates are: Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, & Denmark. Those with the lowest divorce rates are: Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Malta.
These data are from Eurostat.
Canadian divorce rates “Fluctuating between 35% and 42%, the proportion of marriages projected to end in divorce has remained relatively stable during the last 20 years. In 2008, 40.7% of marriages were projected to end in divorce before the thirtieth wedding anniversary.” More….
New findings about mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes give insight about their effectiveness and application in legal systems around the world.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Kaspiew, R., Moloney, L., Dunstan, J., & De Maio, J. (2015). Family law court filings 2004-05 to 2012-13 (Research Report No. 30). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies. Read full publication
Improving how we handle divorce disputes remains an important area of research and policy analysis.
Murphy, J. C., & Singer, J. B. (2015). Divorced from reality: Rethinking family dispute resolution. New York, NY: NYU Press. ISBN: 9780814708934
Law professors outline ways to improve our policies and procedures to help families manage their disputes in more effective ways. They suggest moving dispute resolution services out of the court and into the community, involving children more effectively in the decision-making process and insuring more time and involvement with both parents in post-divorce parenting plans.
Li, K. (2015). What He Did Was Lawful?: Divorce Litigation and Gender Inequality in China. Law & Policy. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/lapo.12034
An examination of gender inequality in court proceedings before and during the divorce process. This study examines the China legal system.