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Divorce rate may be declining

New data suggests that the divorce rate has been dropping in New Jersey and around America for a substantial period of time. If the current trends continue, then approximately two thirds of the people getting married right now will never be divorced.

The 1970s were a transformative era for marriage in America, as women entered the work force in large numbers and the divorce rate skyrocketed. Deep changes in the American public consciousness, especially within the feminist movement, redefined marriage as an arrangement that was about shared passions and emotion instead of economic survival and efficient child-rearing. A large number of couples found their marriages ending due to irreconcilable differences as a result.

Since that time, the percentage of marriages that reached their 15th anniversary has climbed from 65 percent to 70 percent. The people getting married right now seem to be on track to raise that rate even higher. Many observers speculate that this may be related to the fact that people are getting married later in life. In the 1950s, the average age at which a man got married was 23, and the average married woman was only 20. By 2004, that average had risen to 27 years for men and 26 years for women. Authorities now believe that the high divorce rate in past decades might have been a historical anomaly instead of a permanent trend.

The assistance of an attorney may be of help to those who are considering a divorce. An attorney with experience in these family law matters can often be instrumental in negotiating a comprehensive divorce settlement agreement.

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

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