National and Local Statistics
rate in Sarasota and Manatee Counties is above the national
average, as can be seen by dividing the number of terminations
by population for respective years as compared to the annual
number of marriage licenses issued. The combined
population of Sarasota and Manatee County is approximately
The Effects of Divorce
No one wins in a
negative effects in virtually every realm of life.
One third of all
children are born out of wedlock.
35 million have
seen their parents divorce since 1970.
children from intact families,
children from broken homes are .
- 5 times more
likely to live in poverty.
- 3 times more
likely to be expelled from school.
- 12 times
more likely to be jailed.
from fatherless homes are . . .
- 4 times more
likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
- 2-3 times
more likely to experience physical and emotional health problems.
- 2 times more
likely to drop out of school.
- 5-10 times
more likely to experience sexual activity and teen pregnancy.
How spouses are affected
couple divorces, it is not just a matter of one going one way
and the other going
another way. It is more like tearing apart two pieces of wood
that have been glued
together. Part of one's being is ripped away.
are negatively affected emotionally, physically and financially.
familiar with the concepts of a Community Marriage Policy(R)
and how training Mentor Couples has helped more than 200 communities
rally behind the goal to "radically reduce the divorce rate in
and progress to implement The Marriage Savers Concept in Sarasota
and Manatee Counties.
Marriage Builders Resource Center, Inc. is continuing the
work started by Marriage Savers of the Suncoast and is currently:
Facilitating the addition of more clergy, business leaders, and
civic leaders as signers of the Community Marriage Policy(R)
that was signed in February 2006. (See the video)
Training marriage mentors
with churches and civic groups to develop marriage mentors and mentoring
programs (see what is happening)
Divorce rates have plunged in numerous cities where clergy
have created and signed Community
Marriage Saver congregations
have also witnessed sharp
declines among couples to the
point of virtually eliminating