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Understanding the current divorce rate

Residents in Georgia may be surprised to hear that the national divorce statistics may not be on the rapid increase that have many grown to expect. Despite widespread public perception, recent studies suggest that the divorce rate is not as high as 50 percent and is not increasing as many have been led to believe. New statistics show that the high divorce rate realized during the late '70s and early '80s were more akin to outliers than long lasting trends.

Data shows that approximately 70 percent of the marriages started in the 1990s are approaching their 15th anniversary. During the 1970s and 1980s, only 65 percent of the marriages lasted that long. In addition, couples that married during the 2000s are divorcing at even lower rates. Economists believe that the feminist movement of the q970s contributed to the current declining rates. Modern marriages are now based more on sustaining comparable incomes, mutual interests, love and shared household duties.

In addition, more marriages may be lasting longer today because more people are marrying later in life than in years past. The median age for marriages during the 1950s was 20 for females and 23 for males, but by 2004 the median age had increased to 26 for females and 27 for males. If the current trends continue, approximately 66 percent of all marriages will never result in a divorce.

Although the trends are encouraging, many marriages will continue to break down for a variety of reasons. A divorce attorney can help a client negotiate a comprehensive settlement agreement that can cover a variety of issues, including property division and spousal support.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", December 08, 2014

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