Modern divorces have seen a change in several trends that previously held consistent for decades. The millennial generation has begun growing up and marrying, and their decisions have begun to reflect on the field of family and divorce law. Let’s take a look at six of these trends and the statistics that reflect them.
Divorce Rates Are Decreasing
Contrary to popular belief, divorce rates are actually dropping. The biggest reason for this is simply that fewer people are choosing to get married. The actual percentage of people getting a divorce every year is holding steady, but the overall number is declining simply because of fewer marriages.
Women Initiate the Majority of Divorces
It’s estimated that two out of every three divorces in modern times are initiated by women. The reduced stigmas of divorce have somewhat encouraged this, as well as spousal abuse and increased economic independence that many women enjoy.
Divorce Rates Fluctuate by Region
Did you know that where you live in the country can influence whether or not you are more likely to get a divorce? It’s true. The West Coast has the highest divorce rates in the nation, while the middle of the country tends to have the lowest. We’ll talk more about this in our next point.
Traditional Values Influence Divorce Rates
While the national average for divorces has remained relatively constant, your own actions and life decisions on an individual level have been shown to have an impact on your probability of a divorce. A higher family income rate, a college education, having a baby after being married (as opposed to before), being married at an older age, and having a religious affiliation have all been shown to reduce your chances of getting a divorce as opposed to their opposites.
Religious affiliation may explain the lower rates in the middle of the country as well, where religion is more widespread.
Children Can Be Deeply Affected
The marital standing of parents can deeply impact the economic standing of kids as they get older. Higher-income parents that remain married are nearly-guaranteed to see their kids become high-income earners as well. Low-income married parents are more likely to see their kids move to a higher-earning bracket. Single parents usually see very little economic growth from their kids, and some even see them drop in terms of their earnings.
Grey Divorce is On the Rise
Grey divorce, or divorces with older couples, have spiked in recent years. Numerous factors have contributed to this, including the reduced stigma on divorce, but also an increase in economic freedom, as the younger generation has begun to gain financial independence from their parents. When parents don’t need to support a child anymore, they feel freer to part ways.
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