From our friend, Stu:
“50% of all marriages in America end in divorce.”
That oft-repeated statement hides the factors involved in divorce: age, first marriage v. third marriage, having children v. being childless… Below are the real stats, delivered by divorce.org, behind that quote:
Age at marriage for those who divorce in America
|Under 20 years old||27.6%||11.7%|
|20 to 24 years old||36.6%||38.8%|
|25 to 29 years old||16.4%||22.3%|
|30 to 34 years old||8.5%||11.6%|
|35 to 39 years old||5.1%||6.5%|
The divorce rate in America for first marriage, vs second or third marriage
50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 74% of third marriages end in divorce, according to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri.”
The divorce rate in America for childless couples and couples with children
According to the Discovery Channel, couples with children have only a negligibly lower rate of divorce than childless couples.
In the latest edition of Time (May 25, 2009), 40% of babies born in 2007 had umarried parents (trendily called CUs, committed unmarrieds), up from 25% in 2002.
The above stat appears only to be continuing upwards, calling into legal question many issues generally presumed in married or divorced familes, (e.g., health care, child custody and property division).
Today’s CUs though, seem to have their legal homes in order, including DNA-testing as part of their family planning.
Overall, our experience has become that we are increasingly requested to conduct background checks on couples planning on cohabiting, sans the governmental rubber stamp, and recommendations for DNA testing centers.
Swab/Buccal (cheek), hair, blood and forensic sample DNA testing are explained in detail on DNA Plus.
BNI Operatives: Street smart: Web savvy.
If you can’t stay together, at least stay safe.
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BNI Operatives: Street smart; Web savvy.
As always, stay safe.
A. Tickets purchased.
B. Valid (unexpired) passport and International Driver’s Permit in hand.
C. Overseas Crime Victim checklist reviewed.
No Plan C? Millions of Americans travel overseas each year. Relatively minor inconveniences (lost luggage, boarding delays, hotel accommodation screw-ups…) are generally viewed as part and parcel of the travel experience; becoming a victim of a crime in an unfamiliar environment is not. As we become a more mobile and global society, we need to familiarize ourselves with all facets of overseas travel, including the unpleasant possibility of falling victim to criminality.
Have a “Plan C” checklist (preferably written, among your important documents) prepared:
1. Know the contact information for the nearest U.S. embassies or consular agencies along your travel route. (Ensure the information is current.) Report the crime to the U.S. embassy or consulate. (Check with the State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, for U.S. embassy listings worldwide. )
NOTE: U.S. embassy officials may help to replace a lost or stolen passport, facilitate communication with your family, liaison with local law enforcement agencies…, but consular officials cannot investigate crimes, provide legal advice or represent you in court, serve as official interpreters or translators, or pay legal or medical fees for you.
2. Report the incident to local police. Obtain a police report if possible.
3. Familiarize yourself with available victim assistance and compensation programs. All U.S. states have victim compensation assistance (from counseling, group therapy and sheltering aid) and compensation programs in operation, and nearly half of them offer benefits to victims of overseas crimes. Contact the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards for online information and and assistance/compensation application forms.
We’re optimists on the whole; information has prepared us to be such.
BNI Operatives: Street smart; web savvy.
As always, be safe.
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