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U.S. divorce rate falling to lowest in almost 40 years

It's been almost 40 years since the divorce rate in the United States has been this low. For each of the past three years, the divorce rate has fallen. The marriage rate has increased.

The National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University analyzes divorce and marriage rates by using data from censuses. In 2015, there were 31.9 marriages for every 1,000 women who were 15 years old and older. In 2014, the marriage rate was 31.9. After decades of falling marriage rates, it appears that it is stabilizing.

Divorce rates are down, with 16.9 divorces of married women in the same age group. That's lower than the 17.6 seen in 2014. The divorce rate was highest in 1980 at close to 23.

Researchers aren't sure that the two measurements are related and it's difficult to know why fewer married couples are getting divorced. The number of marriages declined for many years because fewer younger people are getting married while they are young.

There are also some demographics to consider. Those who are well-educated and wealthy tend to get divorced as often of other groups do. The highest divorce rate in the country is in Washington, D.C. The lowest rate was Hawaii. The highest marriage rates were found in Utah and Alaska. Rhode Island had the lowest number of divorces.

Getting a divorce is a very personal decision. It's not one that many people feebly consider. If you are considering getting a divorce, then it's time to see what a divorce lawyer has to say. You want to make sure your rights are protected, as well as your children's rights.

Source: Time, "Divorce Rate in U.S. Drops to Nearly 40-Year Low," Abigail Abrams, Nov. 17, 2016

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