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The decline of the divorce rate in the United States

While most individuals in Massachusetts and across the country might be under the impression that the divorce rate is around 50 percent, studies may have proven otherwise; the article suggests that an estimated two-thirds of marriages are expected to be successful. The highest divorce rates occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but couples who tied the knot in the 2000s are divorcing at lower rates.

Perhaps the decline in the number of divorces is due to a variety of factors; for example, people are now marrying a lot later in life, resulting in relationships that are more mature. In the 1950s the median age for men to marry was age 23 and women at age 20; in 2004, the median rose to 27 for men and 26 for women.

The Times reports that the 1970s feminist movement also played an important role in impacting the divorce rate because gaining equality in the workforce allows for a family to have two incomes, which relieves financial burdens. With more families now sharing housework and parenting tasks a sense of teamwork is also easier to achieve.

While these statistics are optimistic, the fact remains that some couples will still face the issue of divorce at some point. If a couple has established that they are going to file for divorce there are a number of issues that need to be addressed, and the process can be emotionally daunting. A family law practitioner may be able to assist in every step of the way and help to educate the client about every facet of the legal system.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014

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