Marital patterns are affected by social and economic events, as well as by changes in cultural attitudes and behaviors. Changes in the patterns of marriage and divorce affect family life and other interactions on a day by day basis. Recent studies have shown that millennials are choosing to wait longer to get married and are staying married longer thus contributing as the main drivers in the decline of both the marriage and divorce rates in the US in recent years.
Over the past decade, studies have revealed the divorce rate was falling, the question, however, was why? And what do current trends mean for the marital prospects of today?s newlyweds. New data shows younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, and then remarried frequently. Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages waiting until education, careers and finances are on track. The marriage rate has fallen over the past few decades, this is not to say the decrease of divorces is a direct reflection of a decline in marriages, but it is evidence that marriages today have a greater chance of lasting than marriages did ten years ago.
There is a divorce every 13 seconds in America. To put that into perspective, that is over 2.4 million divorces per year here in the states. The average age for divorce is 30 yrs old, according to a US Census Bureau study, and that the average length of a first marriage that ends in divorce is 8 years. The average second marriage is even shorter lasting right around 7 years. If people remarry at all, they wait an average of 3 years before marrying again.
The United States has the sixth highest divorce rate in the world. It has been estimated that almost 50 percent of all marriages in America end in divorce or separation. As far as subsequent nuptials, research has shown 60 percent of second marriages end with divorce and close to 75 percent of third marriages follow suit.
According to some of the same studies, economic class is pointed to be one of the clearest factors in rate of divorce. Married adults with an income of $20000 or less annually have a divorce rate nearing 40%, just below that grouping is surprisingly the baby boomers at approximately 38%. Conversely people making more than $75000 annually have a reportedly steep decline in divorce rate of 22%.
The data compiled from these studies, polls, and surveys constantly vary, and other factors are sure to make their way in to the determination and reporting of marital success and or failure in the future. If you are thinking of divorce or have already decided it is what is best for you and your family, you need compassionate, experienced and qualified legal counsel to navigate you through these difficult times. The professionals at Scroggins Law Group can help you every step of the way. Contact us today and schedule a consultation. Call 214-469-3100, or find us online at www.scrogginslawgroup.com.
*Mark L. Scroggins is *board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Unless otherwise noted, other attorneys are not *board-certified.
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