Many couples in Arkansas get divorced every year, and a new report shows that Arkansas has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. Arkansas has the second highest divorce rate in the United States, according to the American Journal of Sociology. 

Why does Arkansas have such a high divorce rate? There are several different factors that play a role in the state’s divorce rate but a recent study may highlight one of the biggest reasons for the higher rate of divorce. 

One recent study found that areas with higher populations of religious conservatives had a higher rate of divorce compared to other areas and counties in a given state. Researchers said this could be due to couples feeling pressured to get married at a young age or after getting pregnant. In areas where young couples are forced into marriage, their marital satisfaction is often lower and they are more likely to get divorced. 

Other groups suggest that society has become more accepting of divorce, and people are more financially independent, which makes it easier to get divorced and live on your own. 

Regardless of the reasons for divorce, spouses in Arkansas thinking about divorce have several considerations to make. It is important to understand your family’s financial matters and how it may impact your future financial goals as well as your monthly budget. Understanding how your finances will be impacted is the first step in preparing for divorce negotiations as well as what to do to create a successful future for life after divorce. 

Source: KAIT 8, “Arkansas ranks 2nd in divorce rate nationwide,” Courtney Brown, Jan. 22, 2014