Professor Anne-Marie Ambert recently published a study that detailed some interesting Canadian divorce statistics.
Canadian divorce rates divorce rates peaked in 1987, went down over time, and are now holding somewhat steady. First marriages now have a 67% chance of lasting for life.
That is much better than the old adage that "50% of marriages end in divorce." I have said that to several of my clients. Canadian divorce attorneys can now say that only 33% of marriages end in divorce.
Professor Ambert also reports that 70% of Canadian divorces are initiated by women.
The report also included some really interesting findings regarding equal time-sharing or "joint custody" between parents. At present, both parents have substantial time sharing each parent (defined as at least 40% of overnights with the children) in fewer than 10% of cases. That figure, however, is rising.
Professor Edward Kruk has opined that 40% time-sharing with a parent is the minimum time necessary for mutual bonding.
The report also includes as finding that only 10% of children live a majority of the with their fathers.