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Divorce rate is dropping, some say

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2014 | Firm News

People in Texas considering marriage might be encouraged to learn that the divorce rate is dropping, according to authorities. A recent analysis of statistics indicates that certain unprecedented factors in the 1970s and 1980s may have caused an abnormal spike in divorce rates that ultimately resulted in the popular assumption that half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce.

Authorities purport that the feminism movement some four decades ago might be to blame for the increase in divorces during the 1970s and 1980s. Changing gender roles and the advent of women’s reproductive rights had a profound effect on the institution of marriage, reportedly. However, a shift in cultural values among modern Americans, including the idea of delaying marriage and the acceptance of premarital cohabitation, is countering that effect, authorities say.

The median age for people entering into marriage for the first time has risen significantly, statistics show. In the 1950s, the median age for women to get married was 20. For men, it was 23. The median age for women in 2004 was 26. For men, it was 27. Authorities say that approximately two out of three contemporary marriages will endure if the present downtrend in divorce continues.

While trends often fluctuate, with or without discernible reason, the reality is that divorce is not merely the best but also the healthiest course of action for some couples, and they have a right to dissolve their marriage. Moreover, they may have the opportunity to accomplish this dissolution in an efficient and satisfying manner, above all when individual spouses retain and rely on the guidance of a family law attorney. Among other services, the attorney may look after the spouse’s rights and advocate his or her interests during mediation, trial or both.

Source: The Huffington Post, “The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic“, Brittany Wong, December 09, 2014