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Divorce rates down across the country

People often make the statement that half of all marriages in this country will end. However, a recent study by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research shows that the divorce rate has steadily declined in the last four decades. In fact, when studying marriages in Oregon and across the country, research shows that those rates are at their lowest in quite some time.

The study of annual statistics has been ongoing by The National Center for Family and Marriage Research since 1970. Findings from the study show that the country's divorce rate peaked in 1980. In 2015, the latest year in the survey data, the rate was the lowest it has been in 40 years. Researchers also reported on the number of marriages each year. Marriages rates have steadily declined since 1970.

According to the study, several factors have contributed to these trends. A person's age when getting married can affect the chances of maintaining a lasting relationship. When someone marries later in life, the odds of a marriage ending decrease.  Many younger Americans are not getting married at all or choosing to wait longer to get married. While this generation has a lower divorce rate, most of them have not yet been married the number of years in which a marriage typically ends.

However, the divorce rate for couples over 50 has doubled in almost 20 years. Life expectancies are longer and people do not want to remain in a marriage if they are going to live many more years. The study suggests a number of practices for couples to stay married longer.

While waiting to get married can result in a more long-term relationship, education level and location also affect those rates. In many cases, many Oregon residents may determine that they will end their marriage. If so, it is helpful to contact an experienced attorney for assistance. Knowledgeable legal counsel often helps those involved in a divorce to consider their options and protect their interests.

Source: commdiginews.com, "State of the divorce rate in the United States 2017", Myra Fleischer, Feb. 3, 2017

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