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As divorce rates fall, concerns remain

Many of our readers in Indiana have probably seen news reports in recent years that state that the divorce rate in America is dropping. Such a blanket statement may seem like cause for celebration, but, as one recent article noted, there may be more to this statistic than can be discerned at first blush.

According to the recent report, the drop in the divorce rate may have less to do with any increase in marital bliss and more to do with the fact that people are waiting longer to get married, or not getting married at all. For so many years the common refrain was that half of all marriages end in divorce. This statistic was somewhat misleading. In fact, there was a large increase in the divorce rate in the 1970s and '80s, but it began to fall after that. The increase was probably largely due to new laws that made it easier to end a marriage, as well as a general increase in women entering the workforce full-time, and therefore able to earn a living without a spouse.

It's harder to point to a typical American divorce today. Many people who seek a divorce today have been married more than once. Some have been married just a few years, while others have been married for decades.

The reasons that people get divorced are as varied as they come. For some, it is a certain incident that led to the breakdown of the relationship. For others, years of a loveless marriage simply catch up to them. Anyone in Indiana who is considering a divorce can benefit from speaking to a family law attorney about their options.

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