The declining divorce rate

Pierre Domercq Divorce

People in California may be surprised to learn that, despite prevalent stereotypes, half of all marriages do not end in divorce. A review of the nation’s divorce rates demonstrates that the rate has been steadily declining ever since the 1980s, and it continues to decline further.
The divorce rate hit a historical high in the late 1970s and early 1980s, leading to the public’s perception that the institution of marriage was failing. The rates of those years, when viewed in relation to the rates of all other time periods, appear to be a historical anomaly.
Statistics from marriages that took place in the 1990s show that 70 percent of those marriages reached their 15th years. Divorce rates of marriages started in the 2000s show even lower divorce rates, and experts state that if the trend continues, 65 percent of marriages can be expected to last. The approach in modern marriages, with their emphasis on more equal gender roles and shared responsibility and decision-making, appears to be helping the statistical declines. Another social factor that is likely leading to the success of more marriages is that people are waiting until they are older in order to get married. This means that people have a greater level of maturity at the time they wed.
While the declining divorce rate is promising, some marriages will still end. A person who wishes to divorcemay need help to figure out issues concerning spousal or child support, child custody and property division. If both spouses are able to negotiate a full agreement, they may file it with the court. Often, however, a full agreement cannot be reached and the parties will need to go through a contested hearing. People going through this process may benefit by seeking the assistance and advice of a family law attorney.
Source: The Huffington Post, “The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic”, Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014