Why is the Divorce Rate Declining?

It’s often said that half of all marriages will end in divorce, but closer examination of those statistics reveals this has never been completely true. Not only that, in recent years, the divorce rate across the country has actually been declining! That’s right, more marriages are surviving now than in a long time. Why is that?

Experts point to a few key reasons for the declining divorce rate:

  • Not as many teenagers are getting married—Those who get married as teenagers are much likelier to get divorced than those who marry after the age of 25. These days, however, fewer and fewer people are tying the knot while still in their teens. As a result, the overall divorce rate is declining.
  • Education plays a role—Back in the 1970s, 23 percent of college graduates who got married ended up divorced within 10 years. Over time, that number has dropped considerably (it was just 16 percent in the 1990s). That’s a strong indication that education is also having an impact on divorce rates.
  • Couples are living together before deciding to get married—Some people believe relationships are no more stable than ever, but that the only difference is more unmarried couples live together today rather than getting married first. So, when those couples split, it doesn’t contribute to the divorce rate. Whereas, a few decades ago, those same couples may have gotten married and then divorced.

Why do you think the divorce rate is dropping?

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