Many people enjoy hating on younger generations, particularly millennials. Millennials are often seen as lazy and rebellious. They tend to not follow with tradition, often killing trends such as wearing bras or wearing any clothes at all while sleeping. But it seems as though millennials may be doing at least one thing right: they’re causing the divorce rate in America to drop.
Between 2008 and 2016, the divorce rate has decreased by 18 percent. For millennials, the current divorce rate is below 50%. How is this happening? Millennials are more likely to live together before marriage and even forego marriage altogether, instead agreeing to cohabitate.
Data from the 1990s onward shows that the divorce rate for those under 45 levels off and stays around the same. For those over the age of 45, however, the rate continues to rise. In fact, between 1990 and 2015, the divorce rates have doubled for those over the age of 55. This has led to a trend called gray divorce.
Why are millennials staying together? Divorces are declining because people are older and more educated when getting married for the first time. They are likely to be over the age of 25, with a college degree and no children. These are all factors, as younger age, less education and presence of children can all lead to a higher rate of divorce.
For women, the average age at which they get married is 27.4 years old. It’s even older for men, at 29.5 years old. This has increased significantly since the 1950s, when most women were married at age 20.
Why are people waiting longer to get married? People have things they want to accomplish. They want to finish their education and start a career before saying “I do.” Maybe they want to travel the world. Perhaps they are no longer settling and instead waiting to find someone who checks all the boxes on their list of desirable qualities in a mate.
Marriage is no longer something people do regardless of economic status. They are viewing marriage as achievement of financial stability. In fact, if a person is poor, they may not get married at all. They may live together and raise children without being legally married. This results in marriage being rarer but more stable and likely to succeed.
Even though the rate of divorces is dropping, marriages still end on a regular basis. No couple is immune from divorce. It can happen to any couple, even millennials who married later in life or a couple who married young and has decided to split up after being married for decades.
If you are considering divorce, you need someone who can help you cope with the legal and emotional aspects. The Columbia divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can assess your situation and help you finalize your divorce quickly with minimal stress. We have two locations in Maryland to serve you. Call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation.
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