Chicagoland Divorces Are Beginning to Decrease

A divorce can be one of the toughest times in a married couple’s life, financially and emotionally. While there are still many divorces to be finalized this year, there has been a steady decrease in divorce rates since 2010. Moreover, the statistics keep decreasing.

Either many married couples have started to wait and make sure marriage was the best decision for them, or couples have been more successful with the outcome of marriage counseling.

Divorce Statistics from 2010-2013

Between Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties in Illinois, there has been some decrease in divorce rates. The information has not yet been shown for 2014, 2015, or 2016.

  • In Cook County, there were 10,712 divorces in 2010, with a two percent decrease in 2011. In 2012, there were 9,110 divorces altogether, and then 8,310 divorces in 2013.
  • In DuPage County, there were 2,292 divorces in 2010, with a very slight increase in 2011. In 2012, there were 2,308 divorces altogether, and 2,233 divorces in 2013.
  • In Kane County, there were 1,356 divorces in 2010, with an increase to 1,503 divorces in 2011. There was yet another increase of 1,623 divorces in 2012, and a decrease to 1,434 divorces in 2013.

Proportion of Citizens in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties

There is a huge difference in the numbers between each county because of the population. On April 1, 2010, the population census in Cook County was 5,194,675 citizens. Six years later, the population estimate in Cook County was 5,203,499 citizens.

The population census in DuPage County was 916,924 citizens on April 1, 2010. On July 1, 2016, the population estimate in DuPage County was 929,368 citizens, with a 2 percent increase between 2010 and 2016.

On April 1, 2010, the population census in Kane County was 515,269 citizens. On July 1, 2016, the population estimate in Kane County was 531,715 citizens, with about a 3 percent decrease over the six previous years.

The increase and decrease in divorce rates vary by county and its population size. Cook County is the largest county in the state of Illinois, with DuPage County being under half the population size as Cook County. Kane County is slightly over half of the population size of DuPage County.

Contact Your DuPage County Divorce Attorney

Attorney Anthony Abear has your back if you or a loved one are going through the finalization of a divorce. He brings nearly two decades of family law and divorce practice to his firm, and he can answer any questions you may have. To schedule your free initial consultation, please call a skilled Wheaton family law lawyer at 630-904-3033 to get the assistance you deserve.