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Divorce rate lower than previously assumed

Divorce in Texas and other states may be less prevalent than originally thought, according to recently published data. For some time now, it has been a widespread belief that half of all marriages end in divorce. That may not be true, though. While that number may have been accurate in the 1970s and 1980s, it's no longer the case. Recent data suggests that the trend is actually headed down.

Experts say the declining divorce rate has been influenced by several factors. One of the biggest is how traditional roles have changed in marriages. Since the 1970s and 1980s, women have made great advancements in the workplace. In many marriages, the woman is now the breadwinner, or at least a substantial financial contributor. In many of those marriages, the man and woman may share not only financial responsibilities, but also household responsibilities. Experts have theorized that shared responsibility could contribute to more stable marriages.

People are also getting married at later ages. In the 1950s, the median marriage age for men was 23. It was 20 for women. As of 2004, the median age was 27 for men and 26 for women. At those older ages, an individual may be more emotionally mature and more financially and professionally stable. That stability could pave the way for a smoother transition into marriage. According to experts, if the downward trend in the divorce rate continues, society will reach a point where only one-third of marriages end in divorce.

While it's always good news to hear that fewer marriages are ending in divorce, there will always be some marriages that don't make it. When a marriage does end in divorce, it's important for each party to establish their priorities and protect their rights. An experienced divorce attorney could help a client negotiate a comprehensive settlement agreement that will allow a fresh start.

Source: The Huffignton Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", Brittany Wong, December 08, 2014

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