Divorce rates dropping ... why?

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Divorce rates dropping ... why?
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 3:44pm

The Odds Are Better Than Fifty-Fifty That Your Marriage Will Last!

From all the opinions and speculations in the article, I think this is probably the best reason for the decline: "We know that couples are marrying later (in 1960 the average bride was 20; today she’s 26),..." or perhaps fewer couples are actually tying the knot with the marriage certificate and opting to live together?

Anyway, here's the rest of the article. I'd love to hear your feedback on this topic!



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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 4:42pm

i liked the mention in the article that the rates started dropping when the statistics reached its peak in the 80s.

 

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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 4:51pm

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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 4:56pm
It makes since to me that it would be connected to the economy.
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 5:48pm

I think divorce rates are dropping because marriage rates are dropping.

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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 6:32pm

I think so. And I'm just speculating in saying this but I really do think that in the past couple of decades, or maybe it's the older we get we are more objective we are with the movies and TV we watch rather than influenced by it. For example, I used to love evening dramas like Falcon Crest and Dallas and so on ... but now I watch more discovery network, food channel, syfy and am not as drawn to drama.

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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 6:36pm
Good point, I do think the economy has a lot to do with it. Also when there are more one-income families they simply do not have the same outside influences bombarding the relationships .. seems shallow though to think that because a person is out there in the 9 - 5 workplace they are more susceptible to losing interest in their marriage .. but it does happen.
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 6:37pm
That was my thought as well in saying not as many couples are making it official so if/when they do go their separate ways there's no divorce stat.
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 7:57pm

i agree with this.

 

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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 10:35pm
Absolutely economy. I think there's a magic age to marry that means you're not too set in your ways and you're not too young to know what you want. Older marriages are often rocky actually because people are so set in their own ways they struggle to grow together. The economy has definitely affected divorce rates, however.
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Wed, 06-22-2011 - 6:32am

LOL, we weren't allowed to watch shows like falcon crest and dallas.

 

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