If you thought seemingly unprecedented news events were over for 2016, another trail seems to be ablaze. The rate of couples ending their marriages in the United States has dropped for the third consecutive year. Overall, divorce is at its lowest rate in 35 years.
The long-time assumption that marriage is a 50/50 prospect at best may be coming to an end.
Divorce On The Decline
Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Marriage and Family Research conducted their annual study to show the rate U.S. citizens from all demographics are marrying and divorcing. The findings show that divorce in the U.S. dropped for the third consecutive year.
Based on Census data results released in November, the number of divorces dropped to 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women aged 15 and older, down from 17.6 in 2014. Overall, the national divorce rate has decreased by 25 percent since 1980.
Wisconsin enjoys the second lowest divorce rate at 12.4 per 1,000.
Interesting And Promising Statistics For Married Couples
Marital dissolutions are specifically down for those 35 and under. However, divorces for Baby Boomers part of the 1970’s divorce revolution where marriage rates plummeted now divorce at a rate of 2.5 higher.
Possible factors in the reduction involve younger people area marrying later in life, being more selective in picking their partner, and having greater economic resources.
Conversely, rates for those getting married remained stable with 32.3 marriages. That represents a slight increase from 31.9 the previous year.
Statistics represent broad-brush strokes and don’t reflect individual and very personal marital strife. If divorce is inevitable, the help of an attorney is vital.