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Divorce rates may actually be on the decline

As the number gets referenced frequently, many people in North Carolina might be under the impression that the divorce rate in the U.S. is around 50 percent. However, a data blog for the New York Times claims that the divorce rate in the U.S. is actually lower than 50 percent and declining.

According to the New York Times blog, the high divorce rate that was seen in the late 1970s and early 1980s was more of a historical irregularity than the beginning of a continued trend. Economists suggest that the feminist movement of the 1970s may have contributed to the declining divorce rate, as this is when marriages started to be more about shared love and passions as well as equal rights and responsibilities.

Statistics also show that about 70 percent of marriages that took place in the 1990s reached their 15th wedding anniversary. Furthermore, marriages that began in the 2000s seem to have even lower divorce rates. This lower divorce rate may also be due to the fact that people are choosing to marry later in life than they used to. Today, women tend to get married around age 26, and men tend to marry around 27. In the 1950s, these numbers were 20 for women and 23 for men.

When a couple does decide to divorce, reaching a divorce settlement may involve a range of complex and stressful issues. If an individual is not seeing eye-to-eye with their ex-spouse on matters of child custody, property distribution or spousal support, they might want to seek representation from an attorney.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014

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