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Data indicates a downward trend for divorce rates

If some mainstream sources of news are to be believed, it would appear that the state of marriage in New York is on the edge of a cliff. While the divorce process might be more visible than it was in the past, the actual divorce rate is on a steady downward trend all across America. There could be any number of causes that account for the decline, some of which were addressed by experts following the release of data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The U.S. Census Bureau collected the information through a fairly straightforward survey that simply involved asking individuals if they had divorced any time in the previous 12 months. According to the survey -- which involved 3.5 million households -- the divorce rate has fallen by about 3 percent in the years following 2008. One leading explanation for this decrease is the decline in the belief that marriage is a necessity among most women. With such a high rate of marriage for individuals in their 20s during the 1960s, a higher subsequent rate of divorce was not necessarily a surprise for some experts.

However, while the divorce rate did decline overall between 2008 and 2015, there was a slight increase between the years 2011 and 2012. Although the recession was officially over for the majority of America, the impact on divorce was delayed. One expert credits this phenomenon to the widespread foreclosures experienced during the recession which many couples had to deal with first before making any other significant life decisions.

There is probably no single reason behind the dipping divorce rate, but it is likely that a variety of factors might be influencing the decrease. However, it is important that individuals and couples in New York do not misinterpret a decreased divorce rate as an indication of failure should their marriage come to an end. The factors that go into each couple's decision to marry or to later divorce can be as unique and complex as the factors affecting the overall divorce rate and apply only to their individual situation.

Source:, "The divorce rate in America is plunging", Drake Baer, Nov. 21, 2015

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