We have all been told nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. But is that really true? Sometimes perception does not always equal reality. While many people believe marriage is in decline, statistics prove otherwise. According to the latest data provided by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the national divorce rate is at its lowest point in 40 years. In fact, divorce has been in steady decline since the early 1980s. But what has led to this decrease and why are marriages more successful than ever before?
According to the study, there were 16.9 divorces for every 1,000 married women older than 15. That is a 25 percent decrease from 22.6 divorces reported back in 1980. One of the biggest reasons is American are waiting longer to get married. Many other couples are choosing not to get married at all. It all seems to indicate more people become more selective with their marital choices. The biggest reason for the decline was the lack of young people choosing to get married. Millennials are the generation least likely to tie the knot.
Why Are Fewer People Getting Married?
A recent Census Bureau report indicated the number of unmarried couples living together has increased dramatically from 1967 to the present. It also indicated the number of people living with their married spouse dropped from 70 percent to 50 percent. Research from the National Study of Family Growth attempted to further expand on this phenomenon. While more unmarried people are living together, they are also more likely to break up avoid marriage compared to their peers from the 1990s. Instead of social reasons, researchers say economic issues are mainly responsible for the trend. Lower wages and unstable employment, particularly for those without a college degree, are why many young people simply cannot afford to get married.
Children of Divorce
The study also indicates that children of divorced parents are nearly twice as likely to get divorced themselves. But you do not have to be a child of divorce to understand children are the biggest victims of a failed marriage. If you are considering a divorce in South Florida, it is important to speak with a divorce lawyer that can effectively explain your options and provide sound legal advice.
Aventura divorce attorney Stephanie G. Morrow of S.G. Morrow & Associates, P.A. has successfully represented men and women in various cases of family law. She understands the challenges and obstacles many people face when filing for divorce. Whether it is spousal support, time sharing or visitation, Morrow can explain your legal options and help guide each client through the divorce process. Divorce can get messy and sometimes confusing. The first important step is to have an experienced legal professional in your corner to protect your rights and interests. To learn more, contact Stephanie G. Morrow and schedule a consultation today.