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Bureau County marriage, divorce numbers rise and fall

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 3:58 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:02 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — More Bureau County residents are getting married than in previous years, and fewer are getting divorced.

Five years ago in 2009, the Bureau County Clerk’s office issued 187 marriage licenses, compared to 206 marriage licenses issued in 2013. Also five years ago in 2009, the Bureau County Circuit Clerk’s office recorded 128 divorces filed, compared to 100 divorces filed in 2013.

Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus said the increase in the numbers of marriage licenses isn’t due to an increase in the county’s population in the past five years.

According to a recent study, Illinois divorce rates are the highest from January through March, peaking in March. The study was based on the number of divorces filed in the United States between 2008 and 2011 as researched by the FindLaw firm.

In his book “Divorce in Illinois, The Legal Process, Your Rights and What to Expect,” attorney Steven Peskind of Chicago said a major factor for people waiting until March to file for divorce, at least according to his 30-year law career, is because people don’t want to appear heartless during the Christmas holidays by filing for divorce at that time. This has been the trend for a number of years, he said.

However, Bureau County Circuit Clerk Mary Romanelli Dremann said that’s not been the trend in Bureau County. Looking at the circuit clerk’s records for the past five years, divorce filings are distributed fairly equally throughout the year, with total annual numbers decreasing slightly from five years ago, Dremann said.

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Bureau County divorce statistics • Year 2009: A total of 128 divorces filed with 29 filed in January through March; 34 from April through June; 35 from July to September; 30 from October through December. • Year 2010: A total of 119 divorces filed for the year with 34 filed in January through March; 29 filed in April through June; 27 filed in July through September; 29 filed from October through December. • Year 2011: A total of 123 divorces filed for the year with 36 filed in January through March; 27 in April through June; 36 filed in July through September; 24 filed in October through December. • Year 2012: A total of 92 divorces filed for the year with 21 filed from January through March; 27 filed April to June; 24 from July through September; 20 from October through December. • Year 2013: A total of 100 divorces filed for the year with 26 filed in January through March; 26 in April through June; 23 in July through September; and 25 from October to December. Source: Bureau County Circuit Clerk's office.

Bureau County marriage licenses The Bureau County Clerk's office issued the following number of marriage licenses during the past five years: • In 2009, there were a total of 187 marriage licenses issued. • In 2010, there were a total of 165 marriage licenses issued. • In 2011, there were a total of 194 marriage licenses issued. • In 2012, there were a total of 193 marriage licenses issued. • In 2013, there were a total of 206 marriage licenses issued.

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