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Divorce Rate Has Dramatically Declined in Last Two Decades

You’ve likely heard the statistic that more than half of all marriages end in divorce. However, this is a common misconception. The fact is that divorce rates are currently the lowest they’ve been since the 1960s. 

A recent study published by the New York Times shows that the divorce rate hit its peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and ever since it has been declining steadily. The study shows that approximately 70 percent of all marriages that occurred in the 1990s hit their 15th anniversary, which was up from 65 percent for couples that married in the 70s and 80s. At current trends, approximately two thirds of existing marriages will never involve a divorce. 

The Times and the conductors of the study from the University of Michigan attribute these statistics to a variety of factors, including greater availability of birth control, marriages happening later in life and changing gender roles. However, the decline in the divorce rate appears to be concentrated among those couples in which both spouses have a college degree. 

It’s certainly an interesting study, especially when the common thought seems to be that divorces are more common than ever before and that notion is reinforced consistently in our media. 

Although the rates of marriage success appear to be improving, divorces still happen all the time. When they do, it’s important for both parties to work with skilled family law attorneys to ensure they reach strong final agreements. To learn more about your rights and options, consult a dedicated divorce lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith and Tartaglia, LLP today.


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