Ohio residents may be surprised to learn that the U.S. has been experiencing a decreasing divorce rate. Although the percentage of marriages that end in divorce famously peaked at around 50 percent during the 1970s and the 1980s, the institution has evolved, and it appears that around 70 percent of marriages that occurred in the 1990s have lasted at least 15 years.
One reason for this may be the increasing ages at which people are married. In the 1950s, the average age at which women married was 20, and the average age for men was 23. Now, the average ages have both increased to around 26 years old for women and 27 for men. As partners are older, they may be more settled and secure by the time they marry. This may make them less likely to marry for reasons other than emotional attachment.
The increasing economic independence of women in the 1970s may also have been an important factor in the lowering divorce rate. The popular conception of marriage shifted during this movement from an economic bargain to an emotional union based on mutual support and passion.
Authoritative projections indicate that, if these trends continue, roughly two-thirds of all people who marry will never experience a divorce. However, in the event that irreconcilable differences arise or something else interrupts the union, the assistance of a lawyer may be helpful to those who wish to extricate themselves from the situation with a minimum amount of turmoil.
Source: The Huffington Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014