“Til death do us part,” is a lovely traditional sentiment and most people who choose to say those words, believe them wholeheartedly. But still–divorce exists– and is predicted to befall almost 50% of marriages in 2019.
Millennials & Marriage
The positive news, however, is that Millennials, (that generation everyone loves to hate) are divorcing less than their parents’ generation. The divorce rate decreased by 18% between 2008 and 2016, according to the CDC. So, is this the result of finding truer love than before? Studies say ‘no’ and actually point to trends in marriage among Millennials and Gen X-ers.
In previous generations people got married much younger. “Settling down” in the 1980s for men happened around age 25 and for women, age 23. In 2019, however, the average age for men to marry was 29.8 and increased to 27.8 for women. A lot can happen in almost 5 years–like higher education, more established careers, financial stability and so on. Instead of something people just “do,” Millennials take more seriously saying, “I do.”
Divorce Still Happens (A Lot)
The divorce rate for people age 50 and older has nearly doubled in the last 25 years, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. So while this current trend in divorce rates among Millennials is certainly good news, it doesn’t negate the very real and common struggle that divorce can be. Because although less people may be getting divorced, those that do might find an even more complex set of circumstances to contend with.
If a couple has waited to marry until later in their lives, chances are their personal assets, net worth and so forth are higher. The division of these things can be contentious and challenging and decisions on what is “fair” may be more difficult.
If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely been married before or are currently married. While trends in divorce ebb and flow like any other, divorce is not easy and can be a terrifying journey to begin.
At Hudson Family Law we listen carefully and provide insight you can value and trust. We hope that divorce rates continue to decrease, but we know that handling divorces now may be more difficult and delicate than ever before.
If you’re facing a divorce and want answers from a trusted legal professional, call Hudson Family Law today at 561-472-0805.