The latest census figures show that divorce rates in Maryland are at an all-time high.
The state is home to more than 4.7 million people and has had a divorce rate of 4.8 percent since 2007.
But it is the most expensive state for divorce in the country.
The median price of a Maryland divorce is $7,717, according to the Maryland Center for Public Policy.
For comparison, the median price in California is $3,096.
And while the median cost for a divorce in Texas is $1,959, the state’s divorce rate is nearly three times the national average of 2.5 percent.
Maryland has the highest divorce rate in the nation.
In 2015, Maryland had the second highest rate of divorce in America at 4.5%.
But according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, the Maryland divorce rate could drop significantly because of rising costs, high divorce rates, and the state has a large African American population.
While Maryland is not the most unaffordable state for a divorcing couple, the cost of divorcing is higher than any other state.
“The cost of divorce is higher in Maryland than anywhere else in the United States,” said Chris Crouch, a professor at the University of Virginia and the author of the report, “How to Marry in America: A Divorce Guide for Married Couples.”
The most expensive divorce in Maryland was in 2013, when a Maryland couple was forced to pay $2.8 million to split up their home after their ex-husband filed for divorce.
The report found that Maryland has also had the highest rate for divorced people filing for a family law, spousal support, and child support.
But the most affordable divorce in 2016 was in 2009, when Maryland’s divorce law allowed divorcing couples to keep all of their property.
Maryland’s most expensive divorces were in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
“We know that there are a lot of people who are unhappy with their relationship, who are frustrated with their marriage, and they want to end it,” said Crouch.
“They want to move on.
We know that Maryland, the most cost-conscious state in the union, is the least affordable.”
The Pew study found that couples who divorce tend to spend about twice as much money on their divorce than couples who stay together.
“It’s really a cost-benefit analysis of who’s going to be more expensive, and it’s really an analysis of the relationship itself,” said Catherine M. Lauterbach, a senior vice president with the Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for public policy.
“Married couples in Maryland have been the least cost-effective in the state.
So that’s really what it comes down to.”
The cost of a divorce has risen over the past several decades, according the Pew report.
In the 1970s, the average divorce cost per year was $5,000, and then went up to $18,000 in the early 1980s.
By the late 1990s, divorce rates were still rising at an annual rate of 3.5 to 4 percent.
But by 2013, divorce costs were rising at a rate of 12 percent a year, according an analysis by Pew.
In 2016, the national divorce rate was 3.6 percent.
The National Marriage Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates marriage equality, said that the rise in divorce is a sign of the changing dynamics of American marriage.
“People are more and more accepting of being divorced,” said David Cutler, executive director of the National Marriage Program.
“And that means they are also more willing to spend more time together.”
For a long time, people did not understand why it was that marriage was more expensive than divorce, Cutler said.
“What they didn’t realize was that the marriage-as-a-service model was actually a much more expensive option than the marriage itself.”
The Marriage Project has been working with states and communities to improve divorce rates and to improve access to affordable divorce counseling.
“While the number of divorces is rising, the costs are still far higher than the divorce itself,” Cutler said, noting that the average cost of an out-of-court settlement for divorced couples is $4.3 million, compared to $2 million for married couples.
“So while marriage as a service is increasingly affordable, we believe the divorce rate should also be much higher,” he said.
The Marriage Program recently published the results of its most recent study of the divorce costs in the U.S., which found that the national cost of divorced people to get a divorce is more than double the national median of $2,924.
The study also found that in the past 10 years, the divorce fee for a divorced person in Maryland increased by nearly a third.