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U.S. Divorce Rate is Declining

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Younger couples are saying “I do,” and meaning it more than the previous generation. U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the U.S. divorce rate has dropped by 18% from 2008 to 2016.

Generation X and Millennials are marrying later in life, when their education, careers and finances are more established. Although the marriage rate is dropping, analysis by the University of Maryland’s professor Philip Cohen calculates the divorce rate based on the ratio of total divorces to the number of married women, and shows that the actual number of divorces is, in fact, lower than that of the Baby Boomer generation.

The younger generation’s approach to marriage is different. Many couples will live together and raise kids and not get divorced, and for those who do, they are taking their time to be selective. Cohen says, “Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing.”


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