A frequently used quote claims that half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. However, Nevada residents may be interested to know that new research indicates this statistic might not be true after all. A New York Times blog found that the number is actually much lower and that those who married in the 1990s and later may have a greater chance of enjoying a happy marriage than couples who married in previous decades.
According to the same article, there are two main factors that may have led to this change. The first is that the average ages at which couples get married have increased significantly. These ages rose from 23 to 27 for men and 20 to 26 for women between the 1950s and 2004. The other factor that changed marriage statistics occurred in the 1970s when the feminist movement swept across the country. During this movement, marriage became a union of shared love and responsibilities with combined incomes.
Researchers found that the divorce rate may drop as low as 33 percent in the coming years. In fact, approximately 70 percent of marriages that took place in the 1990s have reached their 15th anniversary, and prospects looks even better for those married in the 2000s.
Divorce legal issues can arise during a divorce proceeding or a legal separation. These issues may include visitation plans, property division, alimony or spousal support, child custody and child support. Those who work out prenuptial agreements prior to the marriage may avoid such disputes.
Despite these new statistics on marriage, divorce is still a reality. Those who find themselves facing the end of their marriage may benefit from consulting a family law attorney who can help guide them through the process.
Source: The Huffington Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014