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Are divorce rates higher or lower than the past?

There’s good news for couples planning to get married, whether it’s for their first time or second time. The national divorce rate is said to be at it’s lowest in over 35 years. Furthermore, marriage is getting more popular too. There are currently 32.3 marriages happening for every 1,000 single women 15 years of age and up per year. This is up from 2014’s figure of 31.9.

According to a representative from Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family & Marriage Research, divorce rates have been quickly declined down to the current figures of 16.9 per 1,000 couples. 2014’s figure was 17.6 and 1980’s figure was 23, just to put this number in perspective.

Analysts, however, are not entirely sure why these divorce figures are lower, and it may not be as simple to say that love bonds are stronger. Some believe that it’s a reflection of America’s aging population — who are less likely to get divorced — or changing gender roles and the fact that not as many couples are getting married.

According to researchers, the decline in divorce stats does not indicate that people getting married today have a lesser chance of getting a divorce. And, as we all know, it is next-to-impossible to predict whether a marriage union will have the strength to endure the many challenges that modern couples fact.

If you are a Nevada spouse, and you are considering filing for divorce, you may want to educate yourself on what to expect in the process, particularly with regard to property division concerns, child custody issues and any other matter that is important to you. A Nevada family law lawyer is the best place to start in learning about your legal rights and what divorce strategies may be available to help you bring your marriage to a close quickly, peacefully and cost-effectively.

Source: Bloomberg, “Divorce in U.S. Plunges to 35-Year Low,” Ben Steverman, Nov. 17, 2016

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