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Divorce in Oklahoma

About OMI What is the divorce rate in Oklahoma? The answer in Oklahoma is complicated. Counties across the state of Oklahoma collect the information, but report it differently (and some don't report at all). It continues to be challenging to access good information. What we DO know about Oklahoma divorce data is that, according to the last published numbers from 1996, divorce in Oklahoma ranked in the top 5 for number of divorces by state of residence. In addition, according to a 2001 statewide survey about marriage and divorce, 39% of Oklahoma adults, who have ever been married, have been divorced.

In fact, Oklahoma's high divorce rate is one of the reasons that led to the creation of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. A joint study by the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University found that several social indicators, including divorce, were a large part of the cause of poverty in Oklahoma. Thus, the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative set out to provide access to marriage education services as one aspect of a comprehensive prevention strategy.

What can you do about the Oklahoma divorce rate? We encourage couples, whether struggling or not, to bolster their marriage by going through some kind of educational program to learn skills that are proven to counteract the negative things that often lead to divorce. The Oklahoma Marriage Initiative offers free workshops all across the state. They're fun, informative, and did we mention free??

For more information about marriage and divorce in Oklahoma, visit our research section.
See more on: Divorce Rates, and Divorce Statistics.

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