In less developed countries like mine (India) I don't even no anyone in my relation who has divorced...bt in western countries despite people having better educatn & understanding divorce rate is higher...any guess y this is so?
& I think divorce has very adverse effects on kids as well...
IMO, marriage is more sacred in your culture. In fact I believe, it's typical to still have parents arrange a marriage? Whereas in western culture, the institute of marriage and commitment outlook has changed over the years. People tend to forget it's a lifetime commitment, takes work and dedication and entailed vows. They give up too easily, grow bored or think the grass is greener on the other side and get a divorce.
I first of all think that people jump into marriage very young and without giving enough consideration to the person that they're marrying. So they fail pretty quickly. Second of all, divorce has become accepted here, it's not taboo. If a couple is unhappy they can get divorced without ridicule. Whereas in your country, I think people stick out marriage for life even if they're unhappy. The odds of all of those marriages being completely healthy, happy and successful are not very high. Some of those are just sticking it out as it's not common to get divorced.
I think when most people here marry they feel on some subconscious level that if things don't work out then they can just move on. When you've already given yourself the opportunity to give up...then you will. So many people marry without really taking their vows seriously. Marriage is work and western culture is lazy.
The answer is female independence. Women in America have the same opportunities as men and are taught that they don't have to depend on men for anything (and rightfully so). This means they're in a position to where they don't have to take crap from their men and can afford to cut things off when their man does something bad.
People in developed countries usually have a far weaker commitment to family, so people get really picky and often married couples here in the US will get a divorce because they have a fight and become "unhappy" after a few months.