Skip to comments.The Divorce Rate Is Dropping. That May Not Actually Be Good News
Posted on 11/27/2018 12:52:36 PM PST by Drew68
Have you heard that statistic that half of all marriages will end in divorce? Its wrong. Even if that many marriages ever did disintegrate at one point, they dont now. Divorce is on the decline and has been since the 1980s in America (when that 50% divorce statistic took hold). Experts now put your chances of uncoupling at about 39% in the U.S. This sounds like such promising news. Families are sticking together! But in practice, this does not mean more people are living happily ever after.
Census figures released on Nov. 14 show that the median age at first marriage in the U.S. is now nearly 30 for men and 28 for women, up from 27 and 25 in 2003. This does not mean that Millennials have stopped living with someone they fancy, though. Cohabiting is becoming a norm in most Westernized countries. In 2018, 15% of folks ages 25 to 34 lived with an unmarried partner, up from 12% a decade earlier. More Americans under 25 cohabit with a partner (9%) than are married to one (7%). Two decades ago, those figures werent even close: 5% were cohabiting and 14% were married.
The drop in divorce statistics seems to be, in large part, due to the much-maligned Millennials making their marital vows stick far more often. One recent study says that, compared to their 2008 counterparts, young people in 2016 were 18% less likely to get divorced. That study has not been peer-reviewed but is echoed by the trend in the U.K., which keeps much more robust divorce data. Young Brits marriages are 27% more likely to make it through their first decade the prime divorcing years than those who got hitched in the 80s.
(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...
Liberals lament what the rest of us have understood to be true for thousands of years; getting married, staying married, and making babies within this marriage is what works best.
In the 80s I did my best to stop the decline.
I didn’t bother to read the whole article. I am amazed that someone is actually willing to admit that the 50% marriage failure statistic is a scam.
In my own circle of friends and acquaintances, I can count less than a handful who divorced.
My parents in the 1980’s. One friend who got married a few weeks before we did, also in the 80’s.
I know a few folks who were divorced before I met them but as far as I know, these are the only two couples I know who got divorced while I knew them.
Forgot, we have a friend who is in the process after working against all odds with her jerk husband for over 20 years.
Ping for your interest. Millennials saving marriage.
The 50% divorce rate comes from among other creative math, counting the "Elizabeth Taylors" out there who have been married (and divorced) multiple times.
>>we have a friend who is in the process after working against all odds with her jerk husband for over 20 years.
KellyAnne Conway comes to mind....
I realize that. It’s become truth even though it’s based on a lie.
[I didnt bother to read the whole article. I am amazed that someone is actually willing to admit that the 50% marriage failure statistic is a scam.
In my own circle of friends and acquaintances, I can count less than a handful who divorced.]
Pretty much always the same “Victim Groups”
I’m not surprised that Time missed the obvious point. And am surprised FReepers missed it too.
The reason why divorce rates are dropping is that fewer young people are getting married.
Living in sin. Shacking up.
Been married 30 years, together 35. Would do it all over again with her!!
There is a fair sized subset who goes through marriages two, three or even four times or more, so I can beleive that the failure rate for marriages may be 50%, though much less for any given person or couple. My wife and I joke that we stay married because we realize that nobody else could possibly want us.
The 5 children produced 16 grandchilden between 1955-1990. So far there have been 6 divorces. So not 50%, but close. And there is still time to get that percentage up.
While cohabitation is increasing, we're talking about divorce "rates" here. Fewer married people, as a group, are getting divorced. There may be fewer people getting married but those who do are increasingly staying married.
“In the 80s I did my best to stop the decline.”
Not only that but confusion reigns in arguing who as the right to do what to whom. 57 varieties make the marital chamber rather crowded.
just sayin' :>)
Unfortunately, never-married couples are more likely to separate than married couples are, leaving more children than ever in scarmabled and transitory households with an increased propensity for abuse and neglect.
That's still a high divorce rate.
And it doesn't include the couples living together outside of marriage (as per the article).
It also doesn't include the couples who might be married "on paper" but separated in reality.
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