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What does a lower divorce rate really mean?

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2020 | Family Law |

For many years, the rate of marriages that ended was about 50%, but that is no longer the case. The rate of divorce is now around 39%, and there are a few specific reasons why this number is dropping. Part of the reason behind a lower divorce rate is a changing perspective and approach to marriage in California and across the country.

One reason for this may be the expense associated with a divorce. It can be costly to end a marriage, and both parties often have to adjust to new lifestyle expectations and monthly income. It’s possible that financial concerns could cause a couple to delay a divorce or decide to put off the process indefinitely. Other reasons that divorce is not happening as often is a shift in the way younger couples view marriage and cohabitation.

Younger, modern couples may have a different view on marriage than couples did in previous generations. They are more likely to live together and wait to marry. By waiting, they are likely more financially stable when they do decide to walk down the aisle. This results in fewer financial problems, which can be one of the leading causes of a divorce. 

California couples may decide to live together before marriage, which some groups believe could contribute to a lower divorce rate. However, the decision to move forward with marriage or a divorce is deeply personal, which is why it is important to seek a final outcome that will make sense long-term. The key to this is a final settlement that is satisfactory and fair to both parties, allowing for stability and security well into the future. 

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