How high is the divorce rate in America?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

If you are like many people in Missouri, you have probably heard references to how many marriages end in divorce. For some time now, many people have asserted that as many as one in every two couples who say, “I do” will eventually get divorced. However, this may not truly be what is happening today.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the reality of divorce in America may actually look different based on which generations you are factoring in. For people in their mid-60s and older, the rate of divorce had grown threefold between 1990 and 2015. Take one step down in age to those between 55 and 64 and the rate of divorce grew twofold in that same period of time. Jump back even further, however, and the story is quite different.

Millennials, it seems, are divorcing at a much lower rate than their predecessors. This drop in divorce is actually contributing to an overall lowering of the divorce rate nationally. Between 2008 and 2016, a total downward shift of 18 percent was seen in the rate of marriages ending. Two factors contributing to this are the fact that many people are waiting to get married until they are older and more young people are living together instead of getting married to begin with.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in Missouri an overview of what may be the reality of divorce in America and an understanding of some of the factors that may contribute to it.

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