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Divorce rates decline in New York City, increase in Staten Island

According to data recently released by New York's Office of Court Administration, the divorce rate in New York City has recently been declining. Despite the overall trend, in two of the city's boroughs, Staten Island and the Bronx, it seems they are experiencing a small increase instead.

Among New York City's five boroughs, statistics released by the government agency show that there were some 27,614 divorce filings submitted to the court last year alone. This number more than 2,000 less than the divorce filings submitted in 2015. While requests submitted in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn are on the decline, the opposite is the case for Staten Island and the Bronx.

In Staten Island, Richmond County court records show that there were 896 divorce filings waged last year. In 2015, there were 16 less. This reflects an increase of as much as 2 percent.

As for why it's believed some boroughs have seen decreases in divorce filings, some experts argue that it may have to do with less people deciding to marry, or at the very least, delaying the process.

Another trend that stands out among those statistics is that the number of uncontested divorces that were filed between 2015 and 2016 have increased by as much as 40 percent. In contrast, the more complicated, contested divorces have declined by as much as 5 percent, or from 362 in 2015 to just 343 in 2016.

As for the counties leading the pack in terms of quickly settling uncontested divorces, New York County saw an 18 percent increase. Brooklyn saw a 12 percent one. The Bronx experienced quite the opposite. Uncontested divorces disposed of decreased by as much as 22 percent.

In the previous two years, the Bronx saw an increase of as much as 54 percent in contested divorces. Brooklyn came in second at 32 percent.

If you're considering getting divorced, whether it's contested or not, a New York divorce attorney can provide guidance as you look to work out a fair and amicable end to your marriage.

Source: SILive.com, "Divorce rate falls in New York City, but jumps on Staten Island," Mira Wassef, June 16, 2017

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