Is the divorce rate really falling?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

If you are like a lot of people in Missouri, you may have long heard others talk about the divorce rate in America. Most people today know someone who has been divorced and may either have experienced a parental divorce or a divorce of their own. While not an uncommon experience, some recent research may point to a reduction in the divorce rate in America.

As reported by The Atlantic, a sociologist at the University of Maryland published findings that at first glance seemed to indicate a drop by as much as 18 percent in the rate of divorces in the United States between 2008 and 2016. However, the final data shows a drop by eight percent. This number takes into account other demographical shifts as well as the number of people who actually got married to start with.

The information shows that more millennials are waiting to get married until they have completed their education and established themselves in careers. Many are choosing to cohabitate rather than get married, at least for a time. It was discovered that those couples that waited until they were financially stable before getting married may have a reduced rate of divorce. To some, this may signal a shift in marriage becoming something of a status symbol that not everyone may be able to afford.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Missouri an overview of some recent research into the trends involving divorce, and in particular divorce among people in the millennial generation.

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