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The downward trend of divorce rates

New York couples might find it heartening that, contrary to popular belief, half of all marriages in the United States do not end in divorce, reportedly. Recent data shows that the divorce rate has declined steadily since hitting its peak in the early 1980s. If the decline continues at its current rate, nearly two-thirds of married couples will make the union work, authorities say.

Since the 1950s, the median age for marriage has risen significantly for both men and women. Married couples who hold college degrees are less likely to dissolve their marriage, purportedly. Economic forces have shifted traditional gender roles, and households have become more financially secure with both spouses working. Marriage maturity and the ability to provide financial stability are two of the main factors behind the declining divorce rate, say authorities.

As the feminist movement in the 1970s and 1980s gained traction, more women entered the workforce. This cultural shift was a shock to many traditional values, leading to a new social paradigm that helped create a divorce rate in American that reached unprecedented levels, according to authorities. The evolution of gender roles and modern values pertaining to relationships and family help explain the reverse in that upward trend.

Despite this good news for American families, the truth is that the end of a marriage remains a reality for many people. Consequently, the issues to be resolved in order to complete the dissolution, such as alimony, property division and child custody, can be difficult to negotiate. Legal counsel may provide representation for individuals spouses and help them to resolve these issues in a favorable and efficient way.

Source: The Huffignton Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014

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