According to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the rate of divorce has decreased for a third year in 2015. This marks the lowest divorce rate in 40 years with approximately 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women over the age of 15 for a total of 1,110,579 divorces in the United States. This is a significant divorce rates hit a high mark of 22.8 in 1980. New Jersey was below the national rate with only 12.9 divorces for every 1,000 married women and ranking 47 out of 50 states. Also, it is interesting to note that marriage rates grew in 2015 with 13.2 marriages for every 1,000 unmarried women over 15 years old.
Although the study does not address the reasons for the decrease in divorce rates, there are a number of factors that could contribute to the decline. In “Divorce Rate in U.S. Drops to Nearly 40-Year Low,” author Abigail Abrams states that pre-marital co-habitation becoming less stigmatized and couples are seeking to “shore up” their relationships as often as possible factors. I would also include that couples are waiting longer to get married and are marrying later in life. There also have been studies that show that education, or the lack of education, is a factor that contributes to divorce. Finally, Ms. Abrams also points out that, even though the divorce rate has declined, researchers still conclude that a typical marriage has about a 50% change of lasting.
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