Divorce Rates Declining for Most Americans

Recent U.S. marriage and divorce numbers seem to be trending in the right direction for most groups of Americans, but in the wrong direction for those over age 50.

According to the Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, divorce rates among Americans have fallen to just above 41 percent, the lowest it has been since the Vietnam War. Even further, it was found that in middle and upper class relationships, where both parties have college degrees, there is only a one in three chance that the marriage will end in divorce.

Baby Boomers, however, perhaps products of the free-love, sex, drugs and rock-and-roll atmosphere of the 1960s and 70s, have seen their divorce rates climb past 50 percent over the last 20 years.

Another notable statistic is the consistent drop in marriage rates, since the incredible high following World War II. There are historically fewer people entering into new marriages today than there ever has been in the nation’s history.

A good explanation why marriage rates are at an all-time low, while divorce rates continue to decline among most groups, suggests that Americans may be waiting longer to get married for good reason. A 2013 study by the Brookings Institute concluded that men and women view marriage as something to do after some career and personal goals have been reached, as opposed to it being a launching pad to those things.

According to the study, men are getting married at an average of 29, and women at age 27. Compare that to 1987, where the median age for women getting married was 23, and 26 for men, and one could link people deciding to wait a few years to them potentially making more sound and mature decisions. Also, since older people are more likely to have had more financial and professional success, economic issues are less likely to derail the marriage.

The family law attorneys at Posternock Apell, PC are well versed in marriage and divorce laws in New Jersey. If you’re looking to get a divorce, it’s best not to proceed on your own. Contact us today for more information. Call 866-875-8855.