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US divorce rate drops for third year, reaches near 40-year low

According to a recent study, the overall divorce rate in the U.S. has dropped to a near-record low in 2015. The study, by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, found a rate of 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women over age 15. That was a drop from 17.6 in 2014. The divorce rate peaked in 1980, with nearly 23 divorces per 1,000 marriage-age women.

If you're considering getting a divorce at a time when divorce rates are dropping, are you in the wrong? You're going against the trend; should you be concerned?

Of course not. Your divorce prospects have nothing to do with the overall divorce rate. Statistics can't capture individual situations, and you should have every confidence your decision will be the right one for you.

In fact, one of the more interesting things about these divorce studies is what social scientists can draw out of the numbers. Rather than reflecting some national consensus against divorce, the data show, unsurprisingly, that people are different.

That is, the overall divorce rate includes people who have been married for decades along with some who immediately realized they didn't suit. Millennials' divorces are counted right along with those occurring among senior citizens. Geography, education, wealth and other demographic factors affect whether people are likely to divorce.

Broadly, the data showed young people getting married later than their parents, with less stigma attached to cohabitation. The state with the lowest rate of divorce was Hawaii, while Washington, D.C. had the highest divorce rate in the U.S.

Ultimately, the question of whether divorce is right for you is intensely personal. Put aside questions of what others may be doing and take the time you need to make the right choice for your future. If you have questions about divorce, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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