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Are divorce rates actually going down?

For years, even decades, almost everyone in America, including those in Clinton Township, has been under the impression that about half of all marriages in the country end in divorce. However, The New York Times took a closer look at the divorce rate and found that not only are divorce rates lower than 50 percent, but among those couples who got married in the 2000s, so far the divorce rate is even lower.

According to an associate in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, there are many reasons that the divorce rate has gone down. One of the chief reasons is that many people are choosing to marry when they are older and often more financially stable. Another possible reason for the dip is that many people choose to simply cohabitate instead of get married. When these couples split up the effects can be the same as divorce, but these breakups don’t count in divorce statistics.

Meanwhile, the New York Times study also indicated that about two-thirds of all divorces are initiated by women. This is largely contributed to the fact that women have more financial independence than ever before. This fact appears to have made it easier for a woman to leave an unhappy relationship.

Although divorce rates may be lower than most people thought, the fact is, there are still many married couples that choose to split up. If you are considering ending your marriage then you might want to speak with an experienced divorce attorney to help with things like property division and spousal support.

Source: Today, Divorce rates are lower, but so are the number of people getting married,” Meghan Holohan, Dec. 3, 2014.

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