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Census Data Finds Divorce Rate Has Decreased

According to Deseret News, marriage is fighting back and divorce rates have declined. The U.S. Census Bureau has released new statistics that seem to show marriage making a comeback, six months after Time magazine proclaimed “Who Needs Marriage” on one of its covers.

The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia director said that marriage is actually becoming more stable in American and the divorce is becoming less common. Perhaps not the sort of statistic a divorce lawyer would appreciate hearing?

The Time cover story was published after the Pew Research Center released a report about the decline of marriage and rise of new families, showing data that some couples are raising families without making a marriage commitment. Some news groups argued that marriage would soon be obsolete based on the Pew Research report, while others remained optimistic that Americans would keep the institution of marriage.

The Census found the average marrying age for men in the U.S. rose from 23 in 1950 to 28 in 2009, and women the average marrying age rose from 20 to 26. The divorce rate, which peaked in 1980, had fallen by 2009. The divorce rate for women 40 to 49 decreased from 40 percent in 1996 to 35 percent in 2009.

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