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Modern divorce rates on the decline

Many Texas residents may be surprised to learn that the widespread assertion that half of all marriages will end in divorce has not been true for many years. A statistical analysis of divorce rates in the country instead demonstrate that the rates have been on a steady path of decline since the 1980s.

The divorce rate hit its historic high in the period of the late 1970s and early 1980s. In retrospect, this period of divorce appears to have been anomalous. Beginning with the 1990s, in which 70 percent of marriages that took place in that decade reached their 15th year, the marriages ever since have demonstrated surprising longevity. The marriages of the 2000s show an even more-improved success rate, and experts predict that 65 percent of couples will stay together if the trends continue.

According to some observers, several social changes are contributing to the decline in divorces. The feminist movement gave rise to more women in the workplace as well as a more even distribution of responsibilities and decision-making within marriages. The improved role equality is correlated with a decreased rate of divorce. Additionally, statistics demonstrate that people are waiting later to get married. The average age at first marriage for men rose by four years from the 1950s to 2004, while the average age for women at first marriage rose by six years during the same time period. The older ages appear to also be correlated with the declining rates, most likely due to increased maturity levels.

Divorces cannot always be prevented, and in some cases, they need to happen. A person who wishes to divorce must remember to address the issues that commonly arise during the process. The advice of family law counsel can be helpful when dealing with matters such as property division, spousal support and child custody.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014

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