Many Texas readers may think that it is common knowledge that half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. However, according to recent media reports, there are statistical indications that the divorce rate has been declining for several years.
Some authorities believe that the high divorce rates of the late 1970s and early 1980s may be attributed to the feminist movement and the changing roles of women, especially in the workplace and at home. Data on marriage and divorce indicates that this high rate of divorce might not have been a trend but was instead an historical anomaly, authorities say.
Around 65 percent of marriages that began in the 1970s and 80s lasted at least 15 years, reportedly. In comparison, around 70 percent of marriages that started in the 1990s endured 15 years or more. Authorities suggest one possible reason for this trend is that couples are waiting until later in life to marry, which may result in more mature, longer-lasting marriages. Statistics suggest that approximately two-thirds of contemporary marriages will last if the downward divorce trend continues.
Yet, regardless of trends, the truth is that some divorces are ineludible, and those couples will need to navigate the legal process of dissolving a marriage. This includes dividing marital assets, deciding on child custody and visitation schedules, determining child support and possibly even alimony. A lawyer with a background in family law may be instrumental in helping individuals who are going through this process create a workable divorce agreement that suits the needs of the entire family. In most cases, a judge will accept a divorce agreement provided that both parties do not contest it.
Source: The Huffington Post, “The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic“, Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014