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Texas divorce on the rise, according to new studies

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Common wisdom has dictated that half of all marriages end in divorce, but it has also been commonly believed that divorce rates across the nation have been steadily dropping since the 1970s. However, it has recently been contended that Texas divorces, as well as separations the nation over, have actually become more common since the days of "free love." New studies suggest that divorce rates are on the rise, largely due to a misunderstanding of existing information on the subject.

In short, it appears as though several key elements have been left out of the algorithm used to determine divorce rates across America. Perhaps most important is what has been called "age standardization," which basically means accounting for shifting divorce rates across several age groups. For example, the fact that baby boomers continue to divorce at a steady rate, despite their advancing age, can skew the overall rate.

The other side of this equation is how comparatively rare divorce is among younger people, who are more frequently choosing cohabitation over traditional marriage. Thus, when such a relationship of many years (sometimes even involving children) ends, it does not contribute to divorce statistics, though functionally it amounts to the same thing. A couple who, in the 1970s, might have been married at 25 and divorced by 30 may now simply choose to part ways.

The intricacies of Texas divorce statistics, as across the nation, mean it is difficult to get a handle on exactly what is happening in the world of divorce at any time. However, the takeaway from studies like the one presented above is that individuals approaching divorce should not feel as though they are alone or making a decision that is somehow outside the norm. Joined with sound advice and an understanding of applicable divorce law, this can be of considerable comfort to both spouses confronting a marital dissolution.

Source: thespec.com, Divorce is on the rise, and it's the baby boomers' fault, Christopher Ingraham, March 27, 2014

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