Divorce Rates Falling - Reasons
Today, I found what are believed to be the three main reasons divorce rates have been falling.
1. People are waiting longer to get married.
People aren't jumping into marriage, nor are they taking it very lightly. Also, more and more couples are opting out of marriage altogether and simply living under the same roof.
Divorce rates have only fallen among the higher educated. Divorce rates have remained constant in marriages between those who are just high school graduates.
“Stephanie Coontz, who teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., says divorces are dropping in the college-educated sector because many spouses “are learning how to negotiate marriages based on less rigid gender roles than in the past.” (CNBC)
Working wives have also been believed to stabilize marriages.
3. "Marriage isn't for us"
As I mentioned early, many people are choosing to simply stay in relationships without marrying. This also applies to gay and lesbian couples in the majority of U.S. states.
In addition, I do believe that the recent economic downturn has affected divorce rates. I think couples are choosing to stay together because, for one, they can't afford divorce lawyers and whatnot, and also because they think it is simply more economical to stay together! I will get researching on this and hopefully find some info to support my idea!