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Divorce and Marriage Rates Falling in Oregon

Published September 8, 2021
According to a recent study, the number of marriages and divorces across the country fell considerably in 2020. The pandemic makes it difficult for couples to make major decisions, so contact a trusted family law attorney to discuss your goals.

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, relationship experts warned that these stressful conditions could negatively impact marriages and drive divorce rates up over time. However, a year has passed since the initial outbreak, and studies are showing that the divorce rate has declined. Additionally, the number of new marriages has fallen, mostly because couples are waiting to celebrate their unions with friends and family after the threat of the virus subsides. Let’s look at how these trends are playing out in Oregon and what this data could mean for you.

A Shortfall of Marriages in Oregon

According to a new study released by Bowling Green State University’s Center for Family and Demographic Research, the U.S. saw fewer marriages in 2020 than anticipated. Researchers analyzed data from five states—Arizona, Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Oregon—and found 339,917 fewer marriages occurred last year than were predicted. In Oregon, previous trends indicated that the year would bring 16,800 marriages, but only 13,400 marriages were recorded. For the most part, these weddings were postponed because of the pandemic, and many couples may move forward with their weddings when it is safer to do so.

Oregon Divorce Rates Falling

Based on previous estimates, Oregon was on track to see approximately 7,800 divorces in 2020. However, 5,600 divorces occurred, indicating that the divorce rate slowed significantly over the past year. This dip may be caused by logistical reasons, as pandemic restrictions have made it difficult for spouses to separate. Economic uncertainty may put off discussions of alimony and child support for now, and many couples in strained marriages are choosing to stay together until more stability returns. Additionally, some couples are finding that this stressful year has brought them closer together and strengthened their relationship.

How a Portland Family Law Attorney Can Help

Right now, it can be difficult to make large decisions that dramatically affect the course of your life. Whether you are thinking about getting married in the near future or you want to explore your divorce options, enlisting the guidance of a compassionate and trusted family law attorney can help you gain more clarity. You don’t have to go through your divorce alone—your attorney will remain by your side to provide you with the answers and support you need to move toward a brighter future.


To learn more about your divorce options in the Portland area, reach out to Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C. by calling (503) 233-8868 today to discuss your goals with an experienced and compassionate family law attorney and mediator.

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