What percentage of marriages end in divorce

You’ve probably heard that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.

And while this discouraging statistics is passed around, the rate isn’t really at 50% — there is a noticeable decline according to a recent study. Taking into consideration this new rate, some experts suggest, the divorce rate found in early 70s to 80s may have just been a historical anomaly than a trend.

Below are some of the interesting facts from the recent statistics:

  • Roughly, 70% of couples who got divorced the early 90s reached their 15th anniversary. About 65% of them got married in 70s and 80s. Research observed further decline on divorce rates for marriages held in the 2000s.
  • The feminist movement in the 70s played an important role in the changes observed in the divorce rate. When women joined the workforce and gained reproductive rights, a new ‘marriage model’ was formed, based on love, two incomes and shared passions.
  • Mean age for individuals marrying in 2004 rose to 26-27 from 20-23 in the 1950s.
  • If this trend continues, experts say roughly two thirds of marriages will never involve separation or divorce.

While the overall divorce stats may be declining, the number of older couples going their separate ways has reached an all-time high. In 2013, about 60,000 people over the age of 50 got divorced in England and Wales alone. The phenomenon was appropriately called ‘silver splitters’ involving couples divorcing after 20-25 years of marriage. Lawyers and researchers attribute this to longer life expectancy, financial independence and even cash pension pots. Jane Cowley, a partner at Howes Percival, said: “Those who considered divorce in the past but were put off by financial concerns are now deciding to press ahead.”

Allison Hawes at Irwin Mitchell Law Firm, said:”We have a number of cases when people at this point in their life simply drift apart, often as a result of empty nest syndrome which emerges when children have grown and left the family home’’.

Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that there are still thousands of families who are experiencing a break down each year.

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