What Predicts Divorce in the US

What Predicts Divorce in the US - What Predicts Divorce in...

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What Predicts Divorce in the US? In the US, states have power to allow for marriages and divorces. The state you reside in regulates when and how you must apply for and be allowed to marry. Your marriage license is proof of your compliance to the state’s laws. If a couple who has been married decides to end their legal status as a married couple, the state laws allow for Divorce, or the legal dissolution of a marriage. Most legal status changes each year are marriages, not divorces. The US has historically had low divorce rates which spiked briefly after World War II; declined until the late 1960s and rose sharply until the mid-1980s; finally, they declined gradually and continue to do so today. Figure 2 shows divorce rates per 1,000 for each of the 5 years between 1960 and 2005. It takes the US government a few years to calculate data like this which explains why the rates are not as current as last year. The power held by states to legalize the economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and physical union or disunion of a man and a woman is not only traditional, but also enduring in US history. Centuries and millennia ago, fathers, clan or kinship leaders, religious leaders, and community members had the rights to marry which are now afforded to the state. True, states don’t get involved in the spiritual or physical union, they just license it or legalize it the same way they license drivers or certify the legal sale of property. Almost every year, there is about 1 legally sanctioned divorce per every 2 legally sanctioned marriages in the US. Figure 2. United States Marriage and Divorce Rates per 1,000 Population 1960-2005* *Taken from Statistical Abstracts of the United States on 27 March 2009 from ; Table 77, Section 2In Figure 3 below you can see just how many legal marriages were granted per divorce for the years 1960-2005. These numbers are presented as a ratio (number of marriages/number of divorces per year). Between 1960-1970, there were almost 4 marriages per divorce, indicating nearly 4 marriages per 1 divorce nationwide (fewer divorces). As the rate of divorce increased in the 1970s-1980s we see that there were about 2 marriages per 1 divorce. Notice that since the late 1990s the ratio is increasing because divorce continues to trickle downward. Figure 3. United States Ratio of Marriages per Divorces 1960-2005*
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*Taken from Statistical Abstracts of the United States on 27 March 2009 from; Table 77, Section 2. For decades newscasters and educators have warned that 1 in 2 marriages “end in divorce.” Sounds frightening, doesn’t it? Is it true? Not really, divorce never reached the actual 50 percent mark. Based on surveys of exactly how many people have ever been divorced in their lifetimes, most will tell you it is closer to 43 percent (see US Census for tables at Years and years of research on divorce yielded a few common themes of what puts a couple at more or less risk of divorce. Before we discuss those factors let me point out an uncomfortable
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