We have all heard for years how roughly half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. But is this trend beginning to change? According to data released by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, divorce may actually be declining in America.
The group’s research revealed that the U.S. divorce rates dropped for the third consecutive year in a row in, reaching its lowest point in nearly 40 years. In 2015, there were roughly 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women age 15 or older, down from 17.6 in 2014 and an all-time high of 23 divorces in 1980. Marriages, on the other hand, increased to 32.2 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women age 15 or older – the highest rate since 2009.
Why Is This Happening?
While these two measurements are not necessarily related to one another, there are several possible reasons why divorces are becoming less common. Cohabitation has become less of a taboo subject over the years, leading many couples to delay getting married as a means of fixing an unstable relationship. Other factors could be the aging of the US population, changing gender roles, and the decision of many people to wait to get married until they are older.
With that being said, the group’s researchers found that typical marriages still have about a 50% chance of lasting. This number is still the subject of fierce debate, however, as first marriages are statistically much more likely to survive than second or even third unions.
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Unfortunately, couples sometimes can grow so far apart in their desires and values that divorce become a necessary step to foster the long-term growth and happiness of both spouses. If you and your spouse have come to the realization that it is time to end your marriage, contact the Boca Raton divorce attorneys at Schuttler, Greenberg & Mullins, LLC. Having been serving couples throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties since 2004, our team of knowledgeable advocates can provide the professional and experienced legal support you need to pursue an amicable separation.