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Fewer divorce issues as rates drop again in the United States

Friday, September 22, 2017

Over the past two decades or more, the number of divorces in Texas and across the country has dropped. Last year again, the divorce rate fell another 4 percent. Of course, people are analyzing the study to determine why fewer people seem to be ending their marriages or what this could mean for future divorce issues and past taboos.

The country saw its highest frequency of divorce in 1980. The newly published divorce rate is 25 percent lower than it was then. Some feel that the baby boomer generation has a reputation for frequent divorces. In fact, while overall divorce rates have dropped, the rate of marriages ending for people over the age of 65 has tripled.

It is possible that younger couples are more careful about taking the vows. Brides these days are an average of 27 years old compared to 20 years old in the 1970s. Additionally, many couples have shed the past generations' prohibitions on cohabitating before marriage, and this may help them decide if they want to commit to a lifetime together. However, since most divorces occur after 12 years of the wedding, it may still be too early to conclude if the current generation truly marries for life.

Despite the fact that studies show a decline in divorces, not every marriage goes smoothly. People in Texas who are considering ending their marriages would benefit from speaking with an attorney to discuss their options. A compassionate family law attorney will guide one through the complex and often emotional maze of divorce issues, asset division and child custody.

Source: nbc26.com, "The US Divorce Rate Hits Another Low", Ryan Biek & Katherine Biek, Nov. 25, 2016

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