(4.3 divorces per 1000 people)
Maine is the only state in New England to appear in the list of states with the highest incidence of divorce. In fact, its the only one in the entire Northeast. Brad Wilcox, an Associate Professor of Sociology, and Director of the University of Virginias National Marriage Project, partially chalks this up to economic factors. "The issue is more about the working-class composition of the Maine population," he says . Bill Cote, a divorce lawyer in Lewiston, agrees. "We are a poor state in many respects," he says. "Financial pressures really wreak havoc on the sustainability of a marriage unit."
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