California residents may not be aware of the recent statistics about divorce rates. While there is a widespread perception that 50 percent of couples end up divorcing, the number has actually been declining for years. The highest divorce rates occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s but an estimated 70 percent of marriages beginning in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary. The statistics for marriages that took place in the first decade of the 21st century are even more promising.
Perhaps the 1970s feminist movement contributed to the decline of the divorce rate because financial difficulties have been limited by couples bringing in two incomes. In the past women were typically responsible for raising children, cooking and maintaining the home. In modern-day marriage often couples will share these responsibilities, achieving a sense of teamwork.
It is also thought that the decline of marriages ending is due to couples marrying at a later age in life, resulting in marriages that are more mature in nature. In the 1950s the average age for men to marry was 23 and the average age for women was 20. Those numbers have drastically changed as well, as in 2004 the average age for men to marry was 27 and the average age for women was 26.
While the news about the current state of marriage in the United States is encouraging other important factors may be affected as well. For example, child-related issues that stem from the issue of divorce could also be improved if the numbers continue to go down. While these statistics are optimistic, divorce will continue to occur, and couples will face issues including property division as well as child custody and support.
Source: The Huffington Post, “The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic“, Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014