Something for Jerseyans to brag about? A U.S. Census survey shows that Jersey leads the nation in lowest divorce rates — 6.1 for men and 6 for women, according to data released last month from the 2009 American Community Survey, the Star Ledger reports.
Even though Tony and Carmela and countless other Jersey couples stay together, there are plenty of exceptions. Bloomfield’s Joelle Caputa is one. Caputa, who blogs about divorce, is working on her upcoming book Trash the Dress: Stories of Celebrating Divorce in your 20s “a collection of stories based on a series of interviews with empowered young women who raised their naked left ring fingers high and waved their ex-husbands goodbye as they took charge of their futures.” (If this sounds like you — you can share your story here.)
Caputa was inspired to create the book because when her marriage came crashing down soon after her first wedding anniversary, she couldn’t find any books that related to what she was going through.
I know there are other young women out there just like me, who felt so alone, like they were the only one to which this happened. It’s scary entering your 30s and feeling like you’re starting from scratch, as you watch your other friends walk down the aisle and give birth. I know. That’s why I feel it’s so important that as young, confident women with potential dripping from our pores, we unite and lead the way for those whose lives as just turning down this winding road. This book will show those women that divorce in your 20s is just the beginning of the life you were meant to live. And that life is indeed beautiful.
Caputa, who has found love again, gives this advice: “Trash the dress, bury your wedding album in the back of your closet, and celebrate your divorce!”
We ask you — why do you think Garden State divorce rates so low? Is it a money thing?