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Divorce rates are on the decline, except for older couples

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2021 | Divorce

These days, fewer and fewer spouses in California are choosing to end their marriages. Recent statistics show that from 2008 to 2016 the divorce rate in the United States fell about 18%. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of divorced individuals per 1,000 Americans was 4.7 in 1990, but this number fell to 2.9 in 2016. What is driving this decline? 

Younger adults 

It appears younger adults in the United States these days are being more decisive. Many younger adults are choosing to marry only after they’ve achieved their desired educational accomplishments and have established a career. In the United States, the average age for marriage has risen from 22 for women and 26.1 for men in 1890, to 27.8 for women and 29.8 for men in 2018. Since today’s young adults are waiting until they’re older and more established to marry, the likelihood of long-term, sustained marriages increases. 

Gray divorce 

In contrast, older spouses today are more likely to divorce than in decades past. According to recent statistics, in adults 50 years or older, the number of divorces went from one in 10 marriages in 1990 to nearly one in four in marriages in 2010. As the societal stigma surrounding divorce fades, many older adults are just no longer willing to stay in unhappy marriages. 

Regardless of age, divorce is rarely easy. Those in California who have questions or may be contemplating divorce could benefit from discussions with a seasoned lawyer. A knowledgeable family law attorney can provide clarity and help any individual determine the best course of action based on his or her specific situation.  

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